Because over 300 million children worldwide have never owned a pair of shoes
Because disaster strikes
Because some have to carry water for miles -- barefoot
Because people are working in landfills without proper protection for their feet
Because there are many, many more reasons
Your $5 donation buys 2 pairs of shoes.
I first heard about this at Anne Jackson's blog.
FYI - from the press release for this campaign:
After 50,000 pairs have been donated, one person (with a guest of their choosing) will be selected at random to deliver the shoes they purchased to someone in need on one of Soles4Souls' trips to Mexico!
Nashville-based Soles4Souls™ facilitates the donations of both new and used shoes, which are used to aid the hurting worldwide. Since its inception, Soles4Souls has distributed more than 3.5 million pairs (or one pair every 23 seconds) to people in 61 countries, including Honduras, Romania, Thailand, and the Sudan. The charity has been featured on CNN Headline News, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, ABC News, FOX, CBS, and hundreds of regional outlets around North America. Soles4Souls is a 501(c)(3) recognized by the IRS; donating parties are eligible for tax advantages. Visit www.giveshoes.org for more information.