One person’s unwanted shoes can help provide meaningful opportunities that many in developing nations need, which is why Koorsen Fire & Security’s Koorsen Cares Program, has launched a shoe drive to collect 1,000 pairs of new or gently used shoes.
The shoes that Koorsen collects will 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 used shoes in 127 countries.
“Koorsen Fire & Security is a strong supporter of Soles4Souls’ mission,” said Dale Underwood, Vice President of Operations. “We believe it would be unbearable to work or attend school without a good pair of shoes. We are humbled to know that we can create meaningful impact by simply collecting and donating.”
The World Bank estimates that approximately 767 million people, 385 million of which are children, live on less than $1.90 per day. Millions of these children don’t have access to adequate footwear resulting in significant ramifications for their health and well-being. Meanwhile many adults don’t have access to sustainable employment.
Soles4Souls not only provides short-term relief by distributing brand new shoes and clothing donated by retailers and manufacturers, but also creates economic impact and keeps unwanted textiles out of landfills. All of Koorsen’s donated shoes will be distributed to the organization’s micro-enterprise programs that create jobs in Haiti, Honduras and other developing nations. The resulting revenue will help fund the free distribution of new shoes and clothing in the U.S., Canada and developing nations around the world.
“Millions of pairs of shoes lay idle in people’s closets,” said Dale Underwood. “Give those to Soles4Souls instead, and know that you are taking a step to help disrupt the cycle of poverty around the globe.”
Help Us Make a Difference – Donate Your Shoes Today
Koorsen Fire & Security employees can bring new or gently used shoes of any kind to their branch between March 12, 2018 and April 6, 2018. Friends and family of Koorsen employees are welcomed to participate by giving any shoe donations to a Koorsen employee or stopping by your local branch.