*Nashville, TN – Soles4Souls (www.giveshoes.org) and Cat Footwear (www.catfootwear.com) have joined forces to bring shoes to victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti.
Cat Footwear announced it will help Soles4Souls in their commitment to send 1 Million pairs of shoes to Haiti. Beginning February 8, for every customer that purchases a new pair of shoes on www.catfootwear.com, Cat Footwear will donate one new pair of shoes or boots to the shoe charity.
The ‘Buy one, give one’ program will continue through February 28, 2010.
Soles4Souls has partnered with other organizations on the ground in Haiti to transport and distribute the aid. More than 30,000 pairs of shoes, including work boots, rain boots, children’s athletic shoes and clothing items, have already been distributed in Haiti.
“As we struggle to comprehend the magnitude of this disaster, we cannot forget how important basic necessities – such as shoes – will be in the ongoing rescue and rebuilding efforts,” said Wayne Elsey, Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls. “We deeply appreciate the support of Cat Footwear and their customers in helping us provide shoes to survivors and volunteers as they work in horrific conditions.”
“As the people of Haiti begin to re-build their lives after this devastating disaster, Cat Footwear is pleased to partner with Souls4Souls to provide work boots and shoes to help protect people during the re-construction of their cities and towns,” adds Kelly Ballou, Marketing Manager for Cat Footwear USA.
For more information on how to get involved and donate to the victims in Haiti, visit www.giveshoes.org.
Soles4Souls is a Nashville-based charity that collects shoes from warehouses of footwear companies and the closets of people like you. We distribute these shoes, free of charge, to people in need around the world. Since 2005, Soles4Souls has given away over 7 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes (currently distributing one pair every 9 seconds). The shoes have been distributed in 125 countries, including Haiti, Kenya, Nepal and the United States. Soles4Souls is a 501(c)(3) recognized by the IRS and donating parties are eligible for tax advantages.
Cat Footwear manufactures shoes and boots that represent the long-standing values of the Caterpillar brand. Known globally for manufacturing high quality work and rugged casual footwear, the company is committed to developing innovative comfort, durability and technology features. Brand and product information is available online at www.catfootwear.com.
Cat Footwear is a division of Wolverine Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: WWW), with global headquarters in Rockford, MI., U.S.A. Cat Footwear is a global licensee of Caterpillar Inc. With a commitment to service and product excellence, Wolverine World Wide, Inc. is one of the world’s leading marketers of branded casual, active lifestyle, work, outdoor sport and uniform footwear and slippersapparel.. The Company’s portfolio of highly recognized brands includes: Bates®, Chaco™, Cushe®, Hush Puppies®, HYTEST®, Merrell®, Sebago®,and Wolverine®. The Company also markets footwear under popular licensed brands including CAT®,Harley-Davidson® and StanleyPatagonia®. The Company’s products are carried by leading retailers in the U.S. and are distributed internationally in over 140 countries. For additional information, please visit our website, www.wolverineworldwide.com.
Elizabeth Kirk / Soles4Souls