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Soles4Souls Brings Basics (Think Socks) to Haiti Relief
Anne Driscoll
March 23, 2010

Soles4Souls, a charity that distributes shoes and socks to those in need around the globe, is helping Haiti and changing the world, one pair at a time.

In Haiti, where the simplest necessities such as a pair of shoes and socks cannot be taken for granted, Soles4Souls is partnering with American Apparel to donate more than 5,000 pairs of socks for Haiti Relief to earthquake survivors.

The international shoe charity provides shoes to people around the globe at a rate of one pair every 9 seconds and has committed more than 1.3 million pairs of shoes to the earthquake-ravaged area in Haiti alone. Already, more than 120,000 pairs of shoes from children's shoes to work boots have been distributed in the weeks since an earthquake devastated the country's capital and largest city of Port-au-Prince and its surrounding areas.

"We are thankful to our friends at American Apparel for recognizing the need in Haiti. Their donations will be used to bring hope to the people of Haiti as they struggle to rebuild their lives," says Wayne Elsey, founder and CEO of Soles4Souls.

Since 2005, Soles4Souls has given away more than 7 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes in more than 125 countries from Nepal to the US. The nonprofit, based in Nashville, is partnering with a number of companies to deliver basic necessities like shoes and socks to Haiti earthquake victims as they continue to recover. Recently, Soles4Souls launched its new division Clothes4Souls that distributes unused clothes inventory, which would otherwise be destroyed, to those living in desperate need. To learn more, or to donate to victims in Haiti, visit

"American Apparel employees boxed up thousands of garments at our factory in Los Angeles for the victims and we really appreciate the important infrastructure that Soles4Souls provides because we would not be able to get it to Haiti without them," says Ryan Holiday, representative for American Apparel, which has 280 retail stores in 20 counties and sells high quality casual clothes.
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