Shoe Drive for Soles4Souls!

AT the 1040 Tax Fun Run/Walk ON April 11, 2009

Arkansas  residents are invited to recycle their ‘gently worn’ shoes for
people in need

Batesville, AR – April 2, 2009 – Every 17 seconds, Soles4Souls Inc. gives
away another pair of shoes to someone in need.  The shoe charity has earned
glowing endorsements from Hollywood stars and professional athletes, but the
people that truly make the non-profit organization effective are those who
clean out their closets to personally drop off their ‘gently worn’ shoes at
a participating location, such as Eagle Mountain Elementary School during
the 1040 Tax Fun Run/Walk.

For a limited time, Soles4Souls and White River Roadrunners will be
collecting your gently worn footwear and/or donations to ship the shoes to
people in need, whether they are victims of a natural disaster or subject to
living in extreme poverty.  It is estimated that Americans have 1.5 billion
pairs of unused shoes lying in their closets.  The charity can use each and
every one of these pairs to make a tangible difference in someone’s life.

“We can use the shoes taking up space in your closet to change the world one
pair at a time,” Elsey said.  “We need our partners in Arkansas to ‘STEP UP’
and get behind our call for action.  It’s one of the most simple yet
profound gifts you can make, because it will greatly improve someone’s life
in the most difficult of times,” he said.

We will be collecting your slightly worn out shoes throughout the year
during the White River Roadrunners Race Series races, see for a complete list.

People and companies interested in donating can visit the organization’s
website at, and follow the instructions.

About Soles4Souls
Nashville-based Soles4SoulsT facilitates the donations of both new and used
shoes, which are used to aid the hurting worldwide. Soles4Souls has
distributed more than 4.3 million pairs (currently donating one pair every
17 seconds) to people in over 125 countries, including Honduras, Uganda,
Romania, and the United States.  The charity has been featured recently in
Runner’s World and the Green Guide by National Geographic.  It has also
appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, FOX, CBS, and hundreds of regional outlets around
North America.  Soles4Souls is a 501(c)(3) recognized by the IRS; donating
parties are eligible for tax advantages. Visit for more information.