St. Anne’s Episcopal Church hosts Thanks4Giving event to benefit Shoe Charity Soles4Souls, participating in extraordinary challenge to harvest 250,000 pairs of shoes alongside thousands of congregations across the country
TREXLERTOWN – NOVEMBER 6, 2009 - Soles4Souls, the shoe charity that gives away free pairs shoes, has a simple mission: to find brand new and ‘gently worn’ shoes and give them new life on the feet of people in desperate need. The charity has donated more than 5 million pairs of shoes to victims of natural disasters, people living in extreme poverty and even those laid off during the current recession. One of the core groups that help transform the Soles4Souls mission from an idea into a living example of God's love is the church.
This Fall, St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Trexlertown, and hundreds of other congregations across North America are participating in "Thanks4Giving," a Soles4Souls event where congregations will challenge themselves to harvest 250,000 pairs of shoes to be distributed to those in need worldwide. Thanks4Giving is a unique opportunity for people to be thankful for what they have by sharing with those less fortunate with the gift of shoes.
"Churches have always been incredibly responsive to our programs," said
Wayne Elsey, Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls. "This engaging event will
not only leave a lasting impact on the hearts of your entire
congregation, but it will also help Soles4Souls continue our mission to
'Change the World One Pair at a Time,'" Elsey said.
The efforts of St. Anne’s and participating congregations will go
directly toward helping put shoes on the feet of barefoot children
around the world. The U.S. government estimates that 300 million
children around the world have never owned a pair of shoes. A sad
irony is that Americans threw away the same number of shoes into
landfills last year alone.
At St. Anne’s, the Soles4Souls collection has been chosen as the
parish’s annual Advent outreach project. A collection box for the shoes
will be placed in the parish hall during December. St. Anne’s is also
coordinating this outreach in our community and additional collection
boxes can be found at Cedar Lutheran Church, the Tilghman Street branch
of Lafayette Ambassador Bank, Salon Cardeen, Hair Tech, and the office
of Dr. Rita Valenti. “We are hoping to be able to collect 1,000 pairs
of shoes to help Soles4Souls meet their Fall goal of 250,000 pairs of
shoes,” said the Rev. Canon Michael Piovane, rector of St. Anne’s.
To learn more about Soles4Souls and its upcoming charitable events,
visit www.giveshoes.org or call 866-521-7463. Churches can also email
the Soles4Souls team at email@example.com to request more
information on how to register for Thanks4Giving.
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 donating one pair every 9 seconds.) The shoes
have been distributed to people in over 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 <http://www.giveshoes.org>
for more information.
For more information please contact St. Anne’s Church office at 610-398-3321,
Chris Carmichael, Soles4Souls, 615-391-5723 ext 143 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim Dettwiller, Soles4Souls, 615-321-4073 email@example.com