Always quick to take action when it comes to helping people, Shoes For Crews continues to donate new and gently used products to Soles4Souls. Shoes For Crews donates to Soles4Souls throughout the year to provide shoes to people in need all around the world. In 2014 Shoes For Crews donated over 50,000 pairs to Soles4Souls. Matthew K. Smith, CEO of Shoes for Crews, took a few minutes out of his busy day to chat about the company's generous donations and overall involvement with Soles4Souls, which he's proud to be a part of.
"It's a great cause, especially if you have footwear that might be last season's products, or maybe you closed it out," said Smith. "I think it's really nice to donate them to people who would love to have those brand new or lightly worn products."
When disaster strikes
Smith explained that once Shoes for Crews hands off products to Soles4Souls, they're then distributed among a number of nations that are in dire need of footwear. In addition to this charity, Shoes For Crews has always been quick to lend a helping hand to those in need.
He recalled that he and his team have been there for Florida residents following a brutal hurricane a few years back. They gave rubber boots to clean-up crews when disaster struck in Haiti, and donated goods to the Philippines following a devastating typhoon.
"We feel good about it, we feel good about helping people," Smith explained.
The Shoes For Crews family aren't the only ones who like to get involved in making the world a better place to live. Many other corporations send last season's gear, whether the items are new or gently used, to Soles4Souls.
How does Soles4Souls create jobs?
You see, aside from giving shoes, the foundation works to provide jobs. As explained on the Soles4Souls website, it's often forbidden or discouraged for outsiders to make bulk donations to third-world countries, because the free products could be a serious blow to their already-struggling economies.
So Soles4Souls goes in and sets up shop. They create markets and places for locals to sell the shoes and make a little money and ultimately provide residents with employment that they need to survive.
"Soles4Souls estimated that about 300 million children around the world are lacking proper footwear."
Soles4Souls estimated that about 300 million children around the world are lacking proper footwear. This issue was brought to light in an excellent video on the Soles4Souls website. If you'd like to get involved, Soles4Souls accepts footwear from companies and individuals. As it stands, there are still plenty of people who could use some shoes.
Visit the Soles4Souls website to learn how you can make a difference in the world. As Smith pointed out, it's a win-win. Giving back is the perfect way to boost your company's reputation while helping those in need.
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