Thursday, February 12, 2009

Arlington (OH) Shoe Store Helping Needy Around the World


Arlington shoe store collecting soles for the needy around world

An Upper Arlington store is collecting shoes for a charity that will distribute them to needy people around the world.

Brown Shoes, 2108 Tremont Center, will offer a $10 discount through Feb. 28 to customers who bring in "gently worn" shoes for Soles4Souls, a nonprofit group based in Nashville, Tenn. The organization has given more than 4 million pairs of shoes to people in 70 countries.

Soles4Souls started after the tsunami in southern Asia in 2004, when founder Wayne Elsey rallied shoe executives to send a quarter-million shoes to affected countries. The charity collects new and used shoes.

"Our thought is that this could help the economy by driving consumers in to buy new shoes and at the same time helping people in need," said Jeff Brown, owner of Brown Shoes.

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