ATTENTION ANYONE WITH A CLOSET:
Those shoes you no longer want are desperately needed to fight the human tragedy of global poverty. That’s the message being delivered by PEC Safety, which has launched a drive to collect 10,000 shoes to help the poor. Used and new shoes can be dropped off at 233 General Patton Avenue, Mandeville, LA 70471.
The shoes that PEC Safety collects will be delivered to Soles4Souls, an international anti-poverty organization that monetizes used shoes and clothing to create sustainable jobs and fund direct relief efforts, including distribution of new shoes and clothing. Founded in 2006, the organization has distributed more than 25 million shoes in well over 100 countries.
“PEC Safety is supporting Soles4Souls because it is the definition of a social enterprise where solid business practices are used to create positive change in people’s lives,” said Justin Fontenoy, Executive Vice President – PEC Safety. “PEC Safety is a strong supporter of Soles4Souls’ anti-poverty mission, and we hope to take a big step in providing the organization with the used shoes they require to keep making a difference for people in need.”
Soles4Souls – which holds the highest rating from nonprofit watchdog Charity Navigator — will convert every used
pair of shoes collected from the community into a value-added social currency to achieve positive change, both humanitarian and economic. Most of the reusable shoes will be distributed to microenterprise programs that create jobs in Haiti and other poor nations. The resulting revenue will help fund the free distribution of new shoes in the U.S. and overseas. Among its relief programs, the organization has distributed over 200,000 new pairs of shoes to help Philippine victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
The connection between poverty and shoes is well-documented. The World Bank estimates that approximately 400 million children worldwide – more than the entire U.S. population – live in pronounced poverty.
Millions of these children will grow up never having had a pair of shoes, resulting in significant ramifications for their health and well-being. Lacking proper footwear, countless children will not be able or permitted to attend school. And tens of millions of these poverty-stricken, barefoot boys and girls will be infected with soil-transmitted parasitic diseases like hookworm, causing lasting suffering and lifelong debilitation.
“The simple truth is that almost anyone with a closet has shoes they don’t wear, or an old pair that will just end up in a landfill,” said Shelly Ryan-PEC Safety. “Give those to us, and know that you are taking a step to making the world a better place for all of us.”
PEC SAFETY USED SHOE DRIVE FOR SOLES4SOULS INFORMATION
June 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014
bring your used shoes of any kind to:
233 General Patton Avenue, Mandeville, LA 70471
ABOUT PEC SAFETY
PEC Safety is a Louisiana based; family owned company founded in 1993 and currently has over 120 employees. Through standardization PEC Safety provides solutions to the oil and gas industry in the form of safety and skills training as well as online contractor evaluation processes. As a key component to simplifying common safety practices and saving money for customers, standardization ultimately leads to a safer work environment for the individual employees at each job site.
To learn more about PEC Safety, please visit www.pecsafety.com or call us at 800.892.8179. PEC Safety is located at 233 General Patton Avenue, Mandeville, LA 70471.
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Founded in 2006, Soles4Souls, Inc. advances the fight against global poverty through social enterprise – a term describing charities that use proven business practices to create positive social change. Each year, Soles4Souls collects millions of used and new shoes from volunteer shoe drives, civic groups, churches and schools, small businesses and big-brand companies. Most reusable shoes are distributed to support micro-enterprise programs, creating and sustaining desperately-needed jobs in Haiti and other poor nations. The resulting revenue that Soles4Souls earns then helps fund free distribution of new shoes and clothing throughout the U.S. and overseas. In the last fiscal year alone, Soles4Souls distributed almost two million pairs of used shoes and 1.9 million pairs of new shoes in North and Central America, Africa and the Caribbean. Soles4Souls is proud to hold a four-star rating for meeting the highest standards of governance and ethics from watchdog organization Charity Navigator.
To learn how you can support Soles4Souls in fighting poverty and human suffering around the world, please visit www.soles4souls.org or call us at 615.391.5723. Soles4Souls headquarters are located at 319 Martingale Drive, Old Hickory, Tennessee 37138.