By Delinda Lombardo on
Emmy Award-winning actress, comedian and writer Wanda Sykes has teamed up with www.50KShoes.com to raise funds for Soles4Souls, the international shoe charity, and their ongoing relief efforts to the victims of the devastated country of Haiti.
The charity has pledged 1.3 million of shoes, of which 120,000 pairs already sent, to be distributed to Haitians during a sustained giving plan in coordination with other agencies.
“As little as five dollars will provide two people with a pair of shoes,” said Sykes, “Let’s all come together and do what we can for the people of Haiti.”
“We are so grateful to all of our partners, from individuals to talented and extremely busy celebrities like Wanda Sykes, for stepping up to help the victims of Haiti,” said Wayne Elsey, Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls. “These people are struggling to rebuild their lives and something as simple as the gift of shoes will help give them hope through the devastation.”
Donating is easy at www.50KShoes.com. It requires no shipping and no trips to the post office. The suggested donation is very affordable, with $5.00 buying two pairs of new shoes. With the new world of blogging, emailing, twittering, and through many other forms of social media, Wanda’s video and support will help spread the charity’s mission to “Change the World, One Pair at a Time.” In addition, money raised thru www.50Kshoes.com will go specifically toward the Haitian relief effort. According to Soles4Souls, a pair of new shoes is absolutely necessary in order for the Haitian survivors to be effective in the rescue and rebuilding efforts amidst broken glass, twisted metal and raw sewage.
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 7 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.
Visit www.giveshoes.org for more information.
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