August 23, 2017
Since 2009, Brighton has held a nation wide shoe drive collecting thousands of shoes each year, totaling over 866,640 pairs. For each 25,000 they collect, Soles4Souls sends two of their employees on an international distribution trip. “They were just so grateful, and we really didn’t do anything, I mean what we did was so small.” share ones of their store managers. Watch their full journey below.
“Today, we went to a church where we gave Ardene shoes to a bunch of teenage girls and it was a tremendous feeling to be able to bring shoes from Canada (where we sell to everyone there) and to actually give to these girls who, some are wearing their mother’s shoes and don’t have a pair of their own.” Says Kelly Solti from Ardene Foundation. Get a look at their experience in Costa Rica by watching the video below.
Adidas got to meet their impact first-hand during their trip to Haiti. Eighty percent of the product we receive from Adidas goes directly into our micro-enterprise program to help create sustainable jobs for those in need. “We met a fearless woman named Ginette, who supports her family of six, put her kids through college, bought her own land and is building her own home – all things that are unheard of for a Haitian woman. because of our work with Soles4Souls, women like Ginette have the ability to make a living off our samples and contribute to the betterment of society in their respective countries.”
After partnering with Clothes4Souls to donate one item of clothing to a woman in need for every pair of jeans tried on or purchased in NYDJ stores, or purchased on NYDJ.com, during March, NYDJ joined us for a trip to Haiti. During their time there, they distributed 300 pieces of clothing to women in need.
We love getting to experience these life-changing moments with our partners, and would love to experience them with you, too! Rally a group together and join us!
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