Tuesday, January 12, 2010

H&R Block and Soles4Souls, the Shoe Charity Announce Partnership and "Give a Charity a Second Look"

News Release

H&R Block and Soles4Souls® Inc, the Shoe Charity launch fundraising effort in 2010!

For Immediate Release January 11, 2010

NASHVILLE, TN – H&R Block and Soles4Souls will host a city-wide event called ‘Give a Charity a Second Look’ at your neighborhood H&R Block. The community will be able to find out more about Soles4Souls and partner with them and H&R Block to support their cause of distributing shoes to people in need all over the world. Visitors can also get free tax advice or take advantage of our tax services and give back to the community at the same time!

H&R Block and Soles4Souls also announced a new fundraising partnership where Soles4Souls will be awarded $25 for each new eligible client with a referral flyer, who has their tax preparation completed at a participating H&R Block retail office. Please call Soles4Souls at 615-391-5723 for referral flyers and more information.

“We’re very excited to be partnering with Soles4Souls. Last year, almost 1,000 charitable organizations nationwide participated in H&R Block’s Non-Profit Referral Program,” said Gary LaRoy with H&R Block. “Whether it’s free tax advice, a community service project or raising money for charity, giving back is part of H&R Block’s culture.”

“We are thrilled that a company like H&R Block has chosen to get behind our message of hope during this tax season,” says Wayne Elsey, Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls. “We see this as a great way for us to raise money for our organization while knowing that our supporters will get the best expertise and knowledge on their taxes."

H&R Block will also be collecting gently worn footwear to ship the shoes to a person in need, whether they are victims of a natural disaster or subject to living in extreme poverty. It is estimated that Americans have 1.5 billion pairs of unused shoes lying in their closets. The charity can use each and every one of these pairs to make a tangible difference in someone’s life.

H&R Block’s Non-Profit Referral Program is available to certain 501c(3) organizations. To be considered for 2010, charitable organizations should contact their local H&R Block office.

About H&R Block
H&R Block Inc. (NYSE: HRB) is the world’s preeminent tax services provider, having prepared more than 500 million tax returns since 1955. In fiscal 2009, H&R Block had annual revenues of $4.1 billion and prepared more than 24 million tax returns worldwide, utilizing more than 120,000 highly trained tax professionals. The Company provides tax return preparation services in person, online through H&R Block Online, through its TaxCut® software and through other channels. The Company is also one of the leading providers of business services through RSM McGladrey. For more information visit our Online Press Center at www.hrblock.com.

About Soles4Souls®
Soles4Souls is a Nashville-based charity that collects shoes from the warehouses of footwear companies and the closets of people like you. The charity distributes these shoes free of charge to people in need, regardless of race, religion, class, or any other criteria. Since 2005, Soles4Souls has given away over 5.5 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes (currently distributing one pair every 9 seconds). The shoes have been distributed in 125 countries, including Kenya, Thailand, Nepal and the United States. Soles4Souls has been featured in Runner's World, Ladies' Home Journal, National Geographic's Green Guide and The New York Times. It has appeared on CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, BBC, CNN and thousands of regional news outlets across North America. Soles4Souls is a 501(c)(3) recognized by the IRS and donating parties are eligible for tax advantages. Anyone can join our cause, and we need your help. Visit www.giveshoes.org for more information.

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