A citywide shoe drive has been launched in Lexington to benefit Soles4Souls Inc., a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting poverty through the distribution of shoes and clothing.
The shoe drive, spearheaded by AreUKind.org founders Josh and Jacob Griffin, encourages individuals to clean out their closets and donate their new or gently worn footwear to make a tangible positive difference in the world.
Experts estimate that approximately 300-million children worldwide—almost as many as the entire U.S. population—live without shoes on their feet, resulting in significant ramifications for their health and well-being. Lacking proper footwear, countless children will not be able or permitted to attend school. And tens of millions of these poverty-stricken, barefoot boys and girls will be infected with soil-transmitted parasitic diseases like hookworm, causing lasting suffering and lifelong debilitation. With the help of AreUKind.org and the city of Lexington, Soles4Souls is working to end this cycle of poverty.
Residents can bring their donations from now until Dec. 31 to any one of 3 Big Blue Bins located in Lexington: at Simpson Optical, 340 Meijer Way; Republic Bank, 2401 Harrodsburg Road; or Columbia Steakhouse, 2750 Richmond Road.
The shoes donated will be given a second life through direct donations and micro-enterprise programs that provide job opportunities in developing nations. To date, Soles4Souls has distributed more than 20-million pairs of shoes in 127 countries.
For more information, visit www.areukind.org.