Soles 4 Souls
One gift that I know would make a world of a difference is to help donate shoes to the needy. Soles 4 Souls, which originated in Nashville is a nationally known charity that collects shoes from various places. Soles 4 Souls has a simple concept that is: “We produce shoes and get them to those in need.” Wayne Elsey is the founder and CEO of Soles 4 Souls Inc. Never had he done this type of work before, until one day after the tsunami in 2004 hit Southeast Asia, Wayne was watching TV when he saw a picture of a single shoe washing up on the beach. Viewing that image on the news, he thought of a great idea and called some other executives in the footwear industry and the subsequent donation of a quarter of a million shoes to victims in the devastated countries. This unique charity helps those people in need, regardless of ethnicity, religion, social class, or any other criteria. Thanks to these donations over 125 countries have been distributed shoes including Kenya, Thailand, Nepal and the United States as well. But Soles 4 Soles cannot do this alone. This is where large donations from shoe manufacturers, retailers, nonprofit ministries, schools, and average individuals have helped make this a full-time organization. Seeing how much of a difference one guy has made has opened my eyes and has helped encourage me to notify those around me and my fellow Neighbors help those in need. Not only is it a tax write off, but it can help change someone’s lifestyle and encourage them never to give up. One thing I always keep in mind and find motivating is that it is good karma to help others and to just try and live a positive lifestyle.
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