FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Z-coiL of Seattle ANNOUNCES SHOE DRIVE TO BENEFIT
SOLES4SOULS™ Inc., THE SHOE CHARITY,
AT 1201 Pine St, Seattle, Wa 98101 ON 1/5/09
Seattle residents are invited to recycle their 'gently worn' shoes for people in need
Nashville, TN – DATE – Every 19 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 1201 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101.
Soles4Souls and Z-coil of Seattle 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 Seattle 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.
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People and companies interested in donating can visit the organization’s website at www.giveshoes.org, and follow the instructions.
“It seems a natural fit: The mission of seeking to recycle the shoes folks toss after they purchase their new pain relief footwear at Z-coil of Seattle,” says owner Lotchie Kerch.
Our Seattle store specializes in providing services and products for the relief of foot, leg and back pain. Being the largest retailer in Washington state for Z-coiL shoes, the multiple styles of the shock absorbing footwear can be viewed at our convenient location at the corner of Minor and Pine (lower Capital Hill).
Nashville-based Soles4Souls™ facilitates the donations of both new and used shoes, which are used to aid the hurting worldwide. Soles4Souls has distributed more than 3.9 million pairs (currently donating one pair every 19 seconds) to people in over 70 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 www.giveshoes.org
To impact as many lives as possible with the gift of shoes, we at Z-coil of Seattle, 1201 Pine St, Seattle, WA have become a donation site for Soles4Souls. By donating to Soles4Souls, they facilitate the donations of shoes, which are used to aid the hurting worldwide. Donate new and used shoes to us, then we coordinate with Soles4 Souls who cleans the shoes and distributes them to victims of recent disasters such as Hurricanes Katrina & Rita and to those in need of footwear around the world. Soles4Souls have given away more than 3 million pairs of shoes. Unfortunately, this figure pales in comparison to the need that exists. More than 300million children around the world don’t own a single pair of shoes. A sad irony is that the same amount of footwear was thrown into American landfills last year alone. Footwear may not cure cancer, or alleviate hunger, or fight AIDS. But shoes certainly do play a part in lifting the spirits of people struggling to improve their lives. It’s a simple yet effective way to erase the stigma of poverty, stop puncture wounds, end scrapes and prevent burns to feet of the poor and destitute. And it’s something we all have, in abundance, lying in our closets. Used running shoes are particularly valuable, since most are still in great shape.