Hello EDS friends! Please be on the lookout for any old shoes or shoes that don’t fit anymore around your home to donate to Soles4Souls, a charity for which I am honored to be a national spokesperson. I had the privilege of speaking with the first graders on Thursday, January 16, about collecting shoes, but in case some of them have forgotten, here is a reminder. There is a box outside the EDS office for donated shoes. All conditions of shoes are welcome your donated shoes also help to eliminate waste in our Augusta landfills! Also, if you or your child has an iTunes account, please download the song “The Choice.” Every time the song is purchased a pair of shoes is sent to someone in need! I taught the class the refrain to the song so they will be able to sing along.
It is very easy for us to take for granted the things that we have, me included, until I met a group of kids that lacked something as basic as a pair of shoes. Last year, with the help of the CSRA and EDS, we were able to donate over 3,000 pairs of shoes to be distributed worldwide. I hope your child will be as excited as I am about this opportunity to make a difference to so many others.
WE DON’T HAVE LONG!
I am delivering the donated shoes on February 13th to the Alabama warehouse! If you have any questions my email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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More about Soles4Souls:
Soles4Souls is a Nashville-based charity that collects shoes from the warehouses of footwear companies and runs shoe drives to collect donations from communities across the United States. 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 distributed over 19 million pairs of shoes, currently donating one pair every seven seconds. The shoes have been distributed to people in over 129 countries, including Kenya, Thailand, Nepal, Haiti, Japan and the United States. Soles4Souls has been featured in Runner’s World, Ladies’ Home Journal, National Geographic’s The Green Guide, and The New York Times. The organization has appeared on CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, BBC, 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.
Emma Kate Few