Spring Hill, TN - Attention anyone with a closet: Those shoes you no longer want are desperately needed to fight the human tragedy of global poverty.

 

That's the message being delivered by Eddie Ferrell of Crye-Leike Realtors, which has launched a drive to collect shoes to help the poor. Used and new shoes can be dropped off at Crye-Leike Realtors offices at 1819 Broadway, Suite 200, Nashville, or 5111 Maryland Way, Brentwood, or 5407 Main Street, Spring Hill, TN.

 

"Spearheading a donation drive for Soles4Souls is especially relevant to me as a triathlete who believes shoes are important, whether for a competitor in a triathlon or just the everyday race of life," said Ferrell, who has participated in two Ironman distance Triathlons and twelve half-Ironman distance Triathlons.

 

The shoes that Eddie collects will be delivered to Soles4Souls, an international anti-poverty organization that monetizes used shoes and clothing to create sustainable jobs and fund direct relief efforts, including distribution of new shoes and clothing. Founded in 2006, the organization has distributed more than 26 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries.

 

Eddie Ferrell of Crye-Leike, Realtors is a strong supporter of Soles4Souls' anti-poverty mission.

 

Soles4Souls, which holds the highest rating from nonprofit watchdog Charity Navigator, will convert every used pair of shoes collected from the community into a value-added social currency to achieve positive change, both humanitarian and economic. Most of the reusable shoes will be distributed to micro enterprise programs that create jobs in Haiti and other poor nations. The resulting revenue will help fund the free distribution of new shoes in the U.S. and overseas. Among its relief programs, the organization has distributed over 200,000 new pairs of shoes to help Philippine victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

 

The connection between poverty and shoes is well documented. The World Bank estimates that approximately 400 million children worldwide, more than the entire U.S. population, live in pronounced poverty. Millions of these children will grow up never having had a pair of shoes, resulting in significant ramifications for their health and well-being. Lacking proper footwear, countless children will not be able or permitted to attend school. And tens of millions of these poverty-stricken, barefoot boys and girls will be infected with soil-transmitted parasitic diseases like hookworm, causing lasting suffering and lifelong debilitation.

 

"The simple truth is that almost anyone with a closet has shoes they don't wear, or an old pair that will just end up in a landfill," said Ferrell. "Give those to us, and know that you are taking a step to making the world a better place for all of us."

 

Eddie Ferrell of Crye-Leike Realtors used shoe drive for Soles4Souls information

 

Crye-Leike, Realtors offices that are participating include 1819 Broadway, Suite 200, Nashville, 5111 Maryland Way, Brentwood, and 5407 Main Street, Spring Hill, TN.

 

For more information, please contact (931) 320-4552 or (615) 302 663.

 

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About Soles4Souls

Soles4Souls is a not for profit global social enterprise committed to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization advances its anti-poverty mission by collecting new and used shoes and clothes from individuals, schools, faith-based institutions, civic organizations and corporate partners, then distributing those shoes and clothes both via direct donations to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities. Since it began, Soles4Souls has distributed more than 26 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Soles4Souls is committed to the highest standards of operating and governance, and holds a four-star rating with Charity Navigator. Please visit www.soles4souls.org for more information.

 

Crye-Leike is a full service real estate company that was founded in 1977 by Harold Crye and Dick Leike. Today, Crye-Leike is ranked as the 6th largest real estate firm in the nation and the #1 real estate company in the Mid-South. Crye-Leike has a network of more than 3,000 licensed Realtors and 115 offices located throughout a nine-state region in Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Oklahoma. More information about Crye-Leike can be found at www.crye-leike.com.