Baring It

The difference you can make in someone’s life just might be laying in your closet.

June 1-7, 2009 marks the 2nd annual National Barefoot Week, sponsored by Soles4Souls , a global charity dedicated to providing footwear to those in need. During that week, more than 50,000 pairs of new shoes will be distributed throughout the United States, while also collecting “gently used” shoes from the public with ongoing drives held at schools, churches, community centers, and selected drop-off points.

Figures show that last year alone, Americans threw away more than 300 million pairs of shoes, ending up in landfills, which roughly equates equates to the 300 million children worldwide who have NEVER owned a pair of shoes. When shoes break down in landfills, the toxic glue that holds them together can leak into the water supply and atmosphere. So, you can save the earth by recycling your footwear.

During the celebration week, five U.S. cities will be featured as recipients: Indianapolis, Atlanta, Birmingham, Los Angeles, and Portland, Oregon.

Sunday, June 7, is Barefoot Sunday, and is designated for church congregations to remove their shoes, literally leave them at the altar,  and walk out of worship services barefoot as a “demonstration of God’s love for hurting people across the world with the simple gift of shoes” . 

Started by Wayne Elsey, current CEO and founder, as a result of the 2004 tsunami, the mission is: “Changing theWorld, One Pair at a Time.”

A simple act, but a lasting impact. Go to the web site for more information and news: www.giveshoes.org

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About got2care

A Midwest, big-city Cultural Creative feminist, who believes that caring and creativity go together. Interests in my blogs can include: the green lifestyle, writing, educational reform, literary topics, and being creative.
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