HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ  --  The Contemporary Club of Hasbrouck Heights is partnering with the non-profit organization Soles4Souls in hosting a shoe drive to help fight global poverty. The goal is to collect 10,000 pairs of shoes to help create jobs in developing nations.

If the goal is reached, Soles4Souls will work with a local non-profit agency to provide new shoes to people in need in the community.

Collection boxes will be available in the Hasbrouck Heights Municipal Building, Assumption Church in Wood Ridge, and Sacred Heart of Jesus in Wallington by March 1.

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The group's Dorothy Bernice already made a first delivery of 259 pairs of shoes in early February. And that was without any donation boxes in the local communities.

Statistics show that, on average, people in the United States throw away 70 lbs. of textiles per year. Only 15% is said to be donated or recycled. It’s also estimated that 1.5 billion shoes lay idle in American closets. Put unused shoes to good use and help create real economic change in developing nations.

Soles4Souls utilizes gently used shoes as a resource to help entrepreneurs in developing nations with an opportunity to start and sustain a small business (a micro-enterprise) of their own. The micro-enterprise program funds the distribution of new shoes to people in need internationally and domestically.

Soles4Souls disrupts the cycle of poverty by creating jobs and providing relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, the organization repurposes product to supply its micro-enterprise, disaster relief and direct assistance programs. Since 2006, it has distributed more than 30 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries. A nonprofit social enterprise, Soles4Souls earns more than half of its income and commits 100% of donations to programs. 

 

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