LONG BEACH (PRNewswire) — Foot Solutions in Long Beach (www.footsolutions.com/longbeach) and Soles4Souls (www.giveshoes.org) have joined forces to bring shoes to victims of the devastating earthquake in Japan.
Foot Solutions Long Beach is collecting footwear to support Soles4Souls’ commitment to donate footwear to affected areas. From now through the end of April, customers at Foot Solutions Long Beach will have the opportunity to drop off a gently worn pair of shoes. All donations will directly support relief efforts.
The store has collected many hundreds of pairs of shoes on behalf of Soles4Souls for the past six years. The need, of course, is even more pressing now.
Long Beach area residents are invited to drop off their donations at Foot Solutions Long Beach, 1811 Ximeno Ave., (562) 961-3200.
Karen Widerynski, Foot Solutions Long Beach owner, said she is proud to offer her customers a way to be charitable by giving a pair of shoes that is likely just collecting dust in a closet somewhere to those in need.
“As we continue to realize the magnitude of this disaster for our friends in Japan, we cannot forget how important basic necessities – such as shoes – will be in the ongoing rescue and rebuilding efforts,” said Wayne Elsey, founder and CEO of Soles4Souls. “We deeply appreciate the support of Foot Solutions Long Beach and their customers in helping us provide shoes to survivors.”
Soles4Souls has partnered with organizations on the ground in Japan to transport and distribute the aid needed as the devastation from the earthquake continues to unfold. Since the charity’s inception after the Southeast Asian tsunami in 2004, the shoe charity has continued to respond to natural disasters like the one in Japan with footwear that protect victims against foot-borne diseases.
Foot Solutions, a worldwide company with more than 250 franchise locations, is devoted to helping its clients achieve better health through their feet and is a recognized leader in specialty footwear, custom inserts and technology driven health and wellness products. It is the world’s largest and No. 1 ranked health and wellness franchise focusing on foot care and proper fit.
Soles4Souls collects, recycles and reuses shoes from warehouses of footwear companies and closets from individuals. It distributes usable shoes to people in need around the world (less than 2 percent of donated footwear is recycled). Since 2005, Soles4Souls has given away over 13 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes in 125 countries, including Haiti, Kenya, Nepal and the U.S.