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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Summer for Kids Helps Those in Need with Shoe Drive

Benefit for Soles4Souls® Inc, the Shoe Charity, at Summer for Kids on October 3, 2011

Santa Barbara County residents are invited to recycle their 'gently worn' shoes in an effort to help distribute shoes to people in need.


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 15 million pairs of shoes because of the generosity and commitment of people and organizations like Summer For Kids.

Soles4Souls believes partners like Summer For Kids 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 Summer For Kids who clean out closets and warehouses so that individuals around the world can have a better life through American’s excess.

Soles4Souls and Summer For Kids 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.

“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 Summer For Kids 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.”

To celebrate the 3rd anniversary of their store’s opening, Summer For Kids is hosting a Soles4Souls shoe drive to benefit children in need, on October 3, 2011 at their store location:

1235 Coast Village Road, Suite D

Santa Barbara, CA 93108

People and companies interested in donating can visit the organization’s website at www.giveshoes.org.

About Soles4Souls®, Clothes4Souls®, and Hope4Souls™

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, www.clothes4souls.org, or www.hope4souls.org for more information.

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