Soles4Souls Hits a Major Milestone: 30 Million Pairs Distributed to Those in Need!
Soles4Souls has just hit a major milestone: the collection and distribution of 30 million pairs of shoes!
Since 2006, we have collected and distributed 30 million pairs of new and gently used shoes to individuals in 127 countries and all 50 states in the United States. In 2016 alone, it is estimated that we have generated more than $20 million in economic impact worldwide.
“This is a huge accomplishment for Soles4Souls and having the opportunity to enjoy it on the heels of our ten-year anniversary is incredibly empowering,” said our President and CEO Buddy Teaster. “I’m extremely proud of all of our team members, as well as our partners all around the world, who have worked so hard to create sustainable economic opportunities and provide much needed relief through the distribution of new and used shoes and clothing.”
Every day, because of inadequate footwear, children are prevented from attending school, adults are unable to work, and for some, walking becomes unbearable. But with the help of nearly 1,200 nonprofit partners, both in the U.S. and around the globe, Soles4Souls has successfully provided new shoes and clothing to the people who need them most.
In addition to the collection and distribution of new products, we also distribute used shoes and clothing through our micro-enterprise programs, which give entrepreneurs in impoverished countries the ability to start a small business. The micro-enterprise model provides a steady supply of high-quality, low-cost products and the potential for individuals to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.
“The average US citizen throws away 70 pounds of textiles per person, per year, and it’s estimated that only 15 percent of that is donated or recycled,” said Teaster. “Our micro-enterprise programs not only keep shoes and clothing out of landfills but also creates the potential for real economic change in developing nations.
Thank you to every one who has contributed to our impact!