Friday, February 20, 2009

South Florida homeless to get 10,000 pairs of shoes

Soles4Souls will be sending new shoes for the feet of 10,000 homeless people in the Miami area.

Soles4Souls announced today that it's partnering with the Red Wing shoe company, of Minnesota, and the Hollywood-based watch company, Invicta, to distribute the footwear beginning next week.

Distribution for the first 1,000 pairs of shoes will take place at Miami's Camillus House on Tuesday.

Soles4Souls collected, refurbished and distributed in Haiti an estimated 2,000 to 4,000 shoes that were found scattered along the southbound lanes of the Palmetto Expressway near Bird Road in the early morning hours of Jan. 2.

Authorities suspect they fell off a truck that didn't stick around.

"Soles4Souls is not only dedicated to keeping useable footwear out of our landfills, but also in putting shoes on the feet of needy people around the world," said Wayne Elsey, the organization's founder and CEO.

Elsey said Soles4Souls asked some of its corporate partners to help give back to the Miami community. Red Wing and Invicta "stepped up to the plate in a huge way," he said.

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