Nashville, Tenn. - Tennessee State University women's basketball junior Jasmin Shuler has partnered with Souls4Souls Inc., to collect shoes for individuals in need throughout Haiti and across the world.
Shu's Shoes 4 Haiti, is a community service effort spearheaded by Shuler that will kick-off at the TSU's basketball doubleheader vs. Tennessee Tech on Saturday, Feb. 11.
Soles4Souls and Shu's Shoes 4 Haiti 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. There will be donation locations set up throughout the Gentry Center during the basketball games on Feb. 11, Feb. 18 and Feb. 23.
"Partnering with Souls4Souls has been a strong passion of mine for about four years now," commented Shuler. "If I can change someone's life by giving them a pair of shoes, then that's something that I want to do. I have had so many people to be a blessing in my life so I want to be a blessing to others. Being a blessing to someone else is an amazing feeling and making a difference is indescribable."
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 Shu's Shoes 4 Haiti.
Soles4Souls believes partners like Shu's Shoes for Haiti 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 Shu's Shoes for Haiti who clean out closets and warehouses so that individuals around the world can have a better life through American's excess.
"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 Shu's Shoes 4 Haiti 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."
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People and companies interested in donating can visit the organization's website at www.giveshoes.org.
Clothes4Souls®, and Hope4SoulsTM
Soles4Souls collects new shoes to give relief to the victims of abject suffering and collects used shoes to support micro-enterprise efforts to eradicate poverty. Soles4Souls' other two divisions, Clothes4Souls and Hope4Souls, provide the same relief and support through clothing and other necessities. Donating parties are eligible for tax advantages. Visit www.giveshoes.org <http://www.giveshoes.org>, www.clothes4souls.org <http://www.clothes4souls.org>, or www.hope4souls.org <http://www.hope4souls.org> for more information.