Wednesday, February 18, 2009

University of Minnesota / Crookston Holding Shoe Drive for Soles4Souls

[from the Golden Eagles' Website]

On Saturday, (February 21) The University of Minnesota, Crookston Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) is hosting a Soles4Soles shoe drive during the basketball game with St. Cloud State. Fans are encouraged to bring their new or gently worn shoes to donate to Soles4Soles. Fans that bring a pair of shoes will get into the games for free.

Soles4Souls ships the shoes directly to people in need, domestically and internationally. Soles4Souls was founded in 2004 by Wayne Elsey, who felt compelled to do something after seeing a picture of a single shoe washed up on the beach, while watching the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia, according to the Web site,

Elsey contacted friends in the shoe industry and managed to arrange the donation of a quarter of a million shoes to survivors of the tsunami, according to the Web site. A year later, after Hurricane Katrina hit, Elsey called his friends again and gathered a million pairs of shoes for survivors. Because of the success of his campaign, Elsey decided to start a non-profit organization to help shoeless people around the world. His motto is "changing the world one pair at a time." Soles4Souls has given away more than three million pairs of shoes in 45 states and 61 countries through donations from shoe companies, retailers, churches and schools.

For more information, visit the Golden Eagle Athletics website at

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