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Shoe Charity by Soles4Souls for victims in Hurricane season
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Sep '08
Soles4Souls Inc the international charity dedicated to providing free footwear to those in desperate need, announced it is stockpiling shoes to be ready for delivery to victims of the upcoming hurricanes.

The non-profit organization has three trucks ready to roll out to the affected areas and is actively monitoring the paths of the hurricanes.

Hurricane Hanna has already caused more than 60 deaths and massive flooding in Haiti, and weather forecasters anticipate the storm will roll into Southeastern U.S. by late Friday or early Saturday. CNN reported that Hurricane Gustav killed 79 people in Haiti last week.

"We are hoping that Hanna will slow down or move away from the U.S. mainland, but in case it moves ashore we have to be ready with shoe donations so people can rebuild their communities," said Wayne Elsey, Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls Inc.

"We are especially keeping a wary eye on Hurricane Ike, which forecasters are calling a 'monster' storm. We believe it's important to give aid to the poor people in the Caribbean as well as Americans affected by these hurricanes," he said.

Hurricane Ike is currently a Category 4 Hurricane and is expected to hit the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands before taking aim at Florida or the Carolinas by early next week, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Soles4Souls donates new and gently worn shoes to victims of natural disasters and people living in extreme poverty. Elsey said that they have readied 50,000 pairs of shoes so far and are looking for footwear companies and retailers to donate excess inventory or returns so that they will have enough for the demand.

"We hope that we won't have to donate all the shoes in our inventory, but we need to be ready for whatever comes," Elsey said.

"Along with other emergency supplies, a pair of new shoes or boots goes a long way to helping people get back on their feet and piece their lives back together.

We need all our partners and donors to join us in our mission to help those affected by these storms," he said.

Soles4Souls Inc

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