As most of you know, a devastating earthquake hit Japan yesterday. As many of you also know, I love shoes. The corrolation?
A month ago my mom showed me a charity called Soles 4 Souls, a nonprofit organization devoted to giving children and adults in poverty stricken countries a pair of shoes. They've given out over 13 million shoes since 2005, a rate of about 1 every seven seconds.
Why are shoes so important? 300 million children are barefoot right now. Without shoes they are more at risk of diseases and parasites that are life threatening and unlike the paved roads we're used to, they're walking on dirt roads littered with broken glass and metal.
In Japan right now, there is debris covering the country and many people no longer have shoes.
With Soles 4 Souls you can donate shoes, or money. A one dollar donation provides one pair of shoes. The shoes should be gently worn, or new if you're feeling generous. And they can be any type, whether that be pumps or sneakers or sandals or boots. And if you have an orphan shoe that you can't find the partner to, they accept half pairs as well.
This is the link: http://www.soles4souls.org/ and you should click it.