Soles4Souls Inc. is actively looking for safety footwear to donate to people in need, whether the shoes come directly from manufacturers or employees who are required to wear safety shoes. Many shoes that are discarded can be cleaned up and donated, and other shoes thrown out are brand new.
“Thousands of employees are required to wear footwear that meets standards set up by the Occupational Safety and Hazard Association," said Wayne Elsey, founder and CEO of Soles4Souls. "Instead of throwing away shoes because they no longer fulfill OSHA requirements, people can donate them to us. These shoes would be very useful to someone else," Elsey said.
Soles4Souls can provide collection boxes and flyers for companies where employees are required to wear safety footwear, and the shipping costs for sending the shoes to Soles4Souls warehouses is tax-deductible. Companies interested in the program can visit www.giveshoes.org.
Elsey said that Soles4Souls is working hard to reduce the number of shoes that are filling up American landfills. It is estimated that over 300 million pairs of shoes are discarded every year in the United States alone. Elsey said that if these shoes were lined up heel to toe, they would stretch from L.A. to New York and back over twenty times.