UALR) Little Rock – Members
of Phi Alpha Theta and the UALR Department of History will be collecting shoes
for Soles4Souls, the international shoe charity.
"People who wish to donate shoes
should look for the Soles4Souls RV on the UALR campus Tuesday and Wednesday,
Oct. 9 and 10," said Dr. Barclay Key of the History Department who is helping
coordinate the drive. "The RV will be located in Lot 13 at the Jack Stephens
He also is organizing a chapter of
Soles4Souls. Anyone interested in participating can attend an organizational
meeting at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in Room 407 of Stabler Hall.
Americans throw out 700 million
pairs of shoes each year. By recycling gently worn shoes, the discarded
footwear can be redistributed through the charity's international and domestic
partners to millions of children and adults who need them.
Soles4Souls has distributed more
than 19 million pairs of shoes around the world with the help of partners like
Phi Alpha Theta and the UALR History Department.
"With one in four adults in the
world living in extreme poverty, basic necessities like shoes are simply
unavailable," said Elizabeth Kirk, director of communications for Soles4Souls
Inc. "In developing nations like Haiti, Honduras, and Tanzania, walking is the
main form of transportation, and shoes can protect a person's feet from cuts
and infections. Also, children in other parts of the world cannot attend school
pair of shoes."
The collection efforts also keep
footwear out of landfills
For more information on how to get
involved and donate, click here.
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