The fashion flip flop company to provide a pair of shoes for every pair sold.
Nashville, TN and San Antonio, TX– June 1, 2010 – Soles4Souls, the international shoe charity, announced Wednesday that for every pair of fashion flip flops sold by Lizzie Lou the charity will be able to distribute a pair of shoes to someone in need. Lizzie Lou launched the program in coordination with Soles4Souls’ 11 in 11 campaign, with a goal of distributing 11 million pairs of shoes in 2011. Soles4Souls has donated more than 14 million pairs of shoes worldwide, and most recently provided shoes to the victims of the tornadoes in Missouri and the Southeast.
Lizzie Lou Shoes is committed to helping the global community with the overwhelming need for footwear. Currently, more than 300 million children worldwide do not own a single pair of shoes. Considering most foreign countries require a pair of shoes for a child to attend school, their donation can mean the difference between a proper education and none at all.
“We are excited about our partnership with Lizzie Lou and their help with our 11 in 11 program,” said Wayne Elsey, Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls. “The simple gift of shoes can truly change someone’s life, and brands like Lizzie Lou are making a huge impact on the international community with their long-term commitments to make a difference.”
“I love designing flip flops and making a high quality product, and it’s rewarding to give to such a worthy cause,” says Sheena Edwards, Lizzie Lou Shoes. The partnership will be kicked off with a shoe drive also sponsored by a local boutique in San Antonio, Janie Christine’s. “I am so excited and proud to be working with Soles4Souls and be able to give one for one. It just doesn’t get more rewarding than that.”
For every pair of Lizzie Lou Shoes purchased,
Soles4Souls will distribute a pair of shoes to someone in need.
Soles4Souls collects, recycles and reuses shoes from warehouses of footwear companies and closets from individuals. It distributes usable shoes to people in need around the world (recycling comprises less than 2% of donated footwear). Since 2005, Soles4Souls has given away over 13 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes (currently distributing one pair every seven seconds). The shoes have been distributed in 125 countries, including India, Haiti, Kenya, Nepal and the United States.
By partnering with footwear companies, Soles4Souls is uniquely positioned to collect and distribute customer returns, excess inventory, and cash to support its mission. And by partnering with caring individuals, companies, and charities around the country, Soles4Souls has the ability to hold popular footwear drives to reach needy people in the United States and around the world.
It has been that simple: changing the world one pair at a time.