December 22, 2010 at 4:17 pm , by Ron Kelly
By now you’ve probably done all of your online holiday shopping and, if you’re like us, you found yourself constantly turning to the Daily Grommet and its amazing selection of cool and unique and gift ideas for inspiration. Even though time’s a bit tight to still be ordering stuff for Christmas, there is still time for a little more inspiration. Be sure to pop on over to the site tomorrow as they spotlight a favorite charity of ours here at LHJ: Soles4Souls. (That’s us collecting shoes with Kellie Pickler outside one of her concerts with Taylor Swift last year as part of a company-wide shoe drive we organized.)
Soles founder Wayne Elsey will be liveblogging for the day on Grommet and he’ll be happy to chat with you and answer any questions you might have about his Nashville-based group, which gets footwear to people in need all over the world. To date, they’ve distributed more than 12 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes in more than 125 countries.
Hmmm, we’re thinking that making a donation right before Christmas is a great way to sneak our way onto Santa’s “nice” list in just the jolly old Saint Nick of time. Who else is in?
October 11, 2010 at 1:30 pm , by Jill Jansson
Hi ladies! We’re Jill and Lauren, two editorial interns here at LHJ for the fall semester. We want to share with you the eye-opening experience of working with Soles4Souls at Safe Horizon, where we had the opportunity to help teens in need.
Silvana and Allan Clark, “Sole Ambassadors” for the Nashville-based charity Soles4Souls, have been traveling around the United States for 19 months on a mission to collect and give away shoes to those in need. As per the charity’s motto, their aim is to change the world, “one pair at a time.”
Last year, we here at LHJ were thrilled to partner with Silvana and Allan, as well as with longtime celebrity Soles supporter Kellie Pickler. We capped off a company-wide shoe drive by collecting more donations outside of Madison Square Garden, as Kellie’s fans headed in to hear her open up for Taylor Swift during a stop on the teen sensation’s Fearless tour.
When Silvana and Allan told us they’d be back in NYC last week, we were excited to meet up with them again. They were going to be doing a shoe giveaway at the Lower East Side’s Safe Horizons youth division, getting much needed brand new footwear to some of the city’s homeless youth. The cool, rainy weather that greeted us that day really drove home how important Soles’ mission is.
Read on after the jump to find out about our latest Soles4Souls experience and how you can help as well.
Categories: Do Good, Ladies' Lounge | Tags: Association of Torture Survivors, Battered women shelters, Boys' and Girls' Clubs, homeless teens, Kellie Pickler, Safe Horizon, shoe drive, Silvana and Allan Clark, Soles4Souls | 19 Comments