Soles4Souls to donate shoes to earthquake victims

Soles4Souls, the nonprofit dedicated to distributing footwear to those in need, will donate 50,000 pairs to individuals impacted by Tuesday's earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand.

“We are deeply saddened by the events in Christchurch and are hoping our resources will help assist those who lost everything,” said Wayne Elsey, founder and CEO of Soles4Souls, according to WWD. “In the wake of a natural disaster, shoes are of paramount importance to protect those affected from the abundance of broken glass and twisted metal.”

Soul4Souls will stay updated via its charity partners in the region and may donate more as the need increases.

Elsey started Soles4Souls in 2004 in the wake of the tsunami that shook Southeast Asia. Since 2005, the Nashville-based organization has distributed more than 11 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes. The nonprofit currently donates one pair every seven seconds, according to its website.

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