Shoe drive to support SOLES4SOULS Inc., continues
Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The campaign in which the Tennessee State University athletics department joined Soles4Souls Inc.® to collect and distribute 11 million shoes in 2011 to people living in extreme poverty and recovering from natural disasters is coming to an end.

The drive kicked-off on April 8 will conclude on Friday, May 6. There have been many shoes turned in but there is still time to make contributions as each donation counts.

Drop Off Locations

Kean Hall ( Near the athletic offices)

Floyd-Payne Campus Center (Near the information desk) 

Gentry Center Complex

Residence Halls

Avon-Williams Downtown campus

Soles4Souls Inc.® gives away one pair of shoes to a person in need every seven seconds. Since 2005, Soles4Souls has distributed more than 12 million pairs of shoes to over 125 different countries with 55% of distributions staying right here in the United States.

Every donation will support the charity's initiative to distribute 11 million pairs of shoes in 2011. In addition, Soles4Souls is continuing to prepare and collect donations in their response to victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Asia.

"With the earthquakes in countries like Haiti and Chile, 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 TSU Athletics to get behind our "11in11" campaign and get a little crazy this year. Donating shoes is one of the most simple yet profound gifts you can make, because it will greatly improve someone's life in the most difficult of times."

Individuals  interested in donating can visit the organization's website at

For more information please contact: Tuamafa Reilly, 615-963-5861 (

Also, please visit or  for more information.