BORDENTOWN, NJ - New and gently worn shoes that New Jersey residents no longer want can help create sustainable jobs many in developing nations need. That’s the message being delivered by Soles4Souls—a Nashville based non-profit social enterprise that has opened a new donation facility in Bordentown.
Used and new shoes can now be dropped off by appointment at 1025 U.S. 206, Bordentown, NJ, 08505. This new facility, in addition to Soles4Souls’ warehouse in Franklin, now collects used shoes to help the organization keep unwanted textiles out of landfills while creating meaningful opportunities for those living in poverty.
Shoes collected at this new donation site will be distributed to Soles4Souls’ micro-enterprise programs that create jobs in Haiti, Honduras and other developing nations. The resulting revenue will help fund the free distribution of new shoes in the U.S., Canada and developing nations around the world.
Through its disaster relief, small business and direct assistance programs, Soles4Souls has distributed more than 30 million pairs of new and used shoes in 127 countries since 2006.
“We are so excited to expand our presence here in Burlington County,” said Lizzy Swiderski, Soles4Souls’ local Regional Donation Center Manager. “Just one pair of used shoes sold by an entrepreneur in Haiti can provide five meals for a family, and 20 pairs can generate enough funds to send child to school for an entire year in Honduras.”
The World Bank estimates that approximately 900 million people, 400 million of which are children, live on less than $1.90 per day. Millions of these children don’t have access to adequate footwear resulting in significant ramifications for their health and well-being. Meanwhile many adults don’t have access to sustainable employment.
“Every pair of shoes we receive truly makes a difference,” said Swiderski. “This new drop-off location will allow us to collect much more product and ultimately provide relief to more people in need.”
Donate your new and gently used shoes to help Soles4Souls fight global poverty:
• To schedule a donation drop off, launch a shoe drive or for more information, please contact Lizzy Swiderski, Soles4Souls Regional Donation Center Manager, P: 615-598-7311, E: firstname.lastname@example.org