“We are asking our footwear partners across North America to help us reach out to victims in Iowa, Illinois and Indiana,” founder and CEO Wayne Elsey said in a press release. “Unfortunately, we can never predict when natural disasters like this week’s flooding in the Midwest will occur. We need individuals, shoe retailers and footwear brands to dig deep into their closets and stockrooms to help us get shoes on the feet of people to help them rebuild their communities.”
Dave Lorency, president of Operation Compassion, a disaster relief agency, echoed the necessity for footwear donations. “Getting a new pair of shoes will be a huge relief to a lot of these people,” he said. “Flood water ruins everything it comes into contact with, and trying to rebuild communities without decent shoes is next to impossible.”
Already, Soles4Souls has arranged to send 25,000 pairs of shoes to the affected three states, slated for a June 27 delivery. Information on donating shoes or cash to flood victims can be found at the Website Giveshoes.org.