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Denise Russo, Save the Earth Projects 404-849-5093 firstname.lastname@example.org
Deltona, FL (2/14/20) – One person’s unwanted shoes can help provide meaningful opportunities that many in developing nations need, which is why founder of Save the Earth Projects, Olivia Russo-Hood started Leave a GOOD Footprint gently-used shoe drives at the age of 10. Olivia (now a senior) has collected more than 50,000 pair of shoes and has set her sights on making an even bigger impact. To meet the vision, she sought out a new best-fit partner with Soles4Souls. Together they are excited to make a BIG difference, one S.T.E.P. at a time!
We need YOUR help. Your gently-used shoes will now be delivered to Soles4Souls (a non-profit social enterprise that creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world). Founded in 2006, the organization has distributed more than 30 million pairs of new and gently-worn shoes in 127 countries.
The World Bank estimates 767 million people live on less than $1.90 per day. Many people living in extreme poverty simply do not have access to stable employment.
Soles4Souls’ micro-enterprise programs are aligned with the mission and vision of S.T.E.P., offering a long-term solution to poverty through job creation in places like Haiti, Honduras and Guatemala. They also give a second life to unwanted shoes, keeping them out of landfills and protecting the environment.
“My organization and I are strong supporters of Soles4Souls’ mission,” said Russo-Hood, founder of Save the Earth Projects and Leave a GOOD Footprint. “To know that we can create meaningful impact around the globe by simply collecting and donating what is otherwise destined for the trash is a really great feeling.”
Shoes are sold for an average of $1 per pair to non-profit partners in developing countries that provide business training to local entrepreneurs. The entrepreneurs purchase the shoes and are then able to start businesses of their own selling the product in their local marketplaces. This allows entrepreneurs the opportunity to earn a sustainable income, and ultimately purchase necessities like food, shelter and education.
Income generated by selling just one pair of shoes in Haiti can provide up to five meals for a family in need, and 30 pairs sold by an entrepreneur in Honduras can provide up to a year of schooling for a child. Revenue generated by Soles4Souls’ micro-enterprise operations funds the organization’s free distribution programs, that provide new shoes to people in need both in the U.S. and around the world.
“Millions of pairs of shoes lay unworn in people’s closets and garages,” said Russo-Hood. “Help us Leave a GOOD Footprint by giving your shoes to to Soles4Souls instead, putting reuse in front of recycle, and also taking a S.T.E.P. to help disrupt the cycle of poverty around the globe.”
Join us for our Spring Leave a GOOD Footprint shoe drive:
- Between now and April 1, collect your gently used shoes
- If you live in central Florida, drop your shoes at the Four Townes YMCA or Advent Fish Memorial Hospital.
- If you live in the Atlanta area, drop off at Reflections of Trinity in Powder Springs.
- If you live outside of these areas, Soles4Souls, in partnership with Zappos, is providing Save the Earth Projects with free shipping labels for your shoes. Simply place them paired in a box, and email us at email@example.com with your name, phone, email, and mailing address for a label.
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About Save the Earth Projects (S.T.E.P.)
Save the Earth Projects (S.T.E.P.) is a youth social entrepreneurship organization focused on social change. Started by youth leader, Olivia Russo-Hood, S.T.E.P. aims to recognize social problems and then organizes, creates, and manages social ventures to make change. Corporate businesses typically focus on profit and return, whereas social enterprises also measure the returns to society. Olivia partners with individuals and companies across the world in efforts to raise awareness for global issues, while also helping to raise funds for local charities. Take a stand by taking a S.T.E.P. and visit http://www.facebook.com/savetheearthprojects for more information.
Soles4Souls disrupts the cycle of poverty by creating sustainable 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 35 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries and generated over $250 million in economic impact. A nonprofit social enterprise, Soles4Souls earns more than half of its income and commits 100% of donations to programs. Visit soles4souls.org for more information.