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Maplewood Shoe Drive to Benefit Those in Need

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • 3:12pm

A shoe drive will be held in Maplewood at Durand-Hedden House on January 27 to help those in need and benefit  SOLES4SOULS® INC.

Maplewood residents are invited to recycle their 'gently worn' shoes in an effort to help distribute shoes to people in need.  Soles4Souls Inc. has committed to collect and distribute shoes to people living in extreme poverty and recovering from natural disasters.  The shoe charity provides one pair of shoes to a person in need every 7 seconds. Since 2005, Soles4Souls has distributed more than 13 million pairs of shoes because of the generosity and commitment of people and organizations like the Durand-Hedden House of Maplewood, NJ.

 

Soles4Souls believes partners like Durand-Hedden House will challenge others to become a force of change by helping the charity cater to the evolving needs of the global community. The shoe charity recognizes its success is the result of individuals and industry partners such as Durand-Hedden House who clean out closets and warehouses so that individuals around the world can have a better life through American’s excess.

 

Soles4Souls and Durand-Hedden House will be collecting your new or gently worn footwear and/or donations to make a tangible difference through the gift of shoes. Every donation will support the charity’s initiative to distribute shoes to those in need.

 

“With tragedies such as the earthquakes in countries like Haiti and Japan, on top of the enormous needs elsewhere, we can use the estimated 1.5 billion shoes taking up space in the closets of ordinary people to change the world one pair at a time,” said Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls, Wayne Elsey. 

 

Elsey added, “We need partners like Durand-Hedden House to get behind Soles4Souls. Donating shoes is one of the most simple yet profound acts you can do, because it will greatly improve someone’s life in the most difficult of times.”

 

LOCATION AND DATE

January 27, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Durand-Hedden House and Garden

523 Ridgewood Road

Maplewood, NJ 07040

A talk about the rising shoe craze in America called “Women from the Ankle Down” will be presented at 2:00 p.m.  Visitors are invited to bring their gently worn shoes to donate and for fun, to wear and show off their craziest, most outrageous or most beautiful footwear!  A shoe donation box will be available to the rear of the house from January 20 until February 1.

 

People and companies interested in donating can visit the organization’s website at www.giveshoes.org.

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