Now through November 16, 2013, We are collecting used shoes for Soles 4 Souls at Surgical Alternative.  This will be immediately followedby the Patriot Run at Carollwood Day School for ages of 2 years old and up.

What is Soles 4 Souls?

Founded in 2004, Soles 4 Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty through the distribution of shoes and clothing.

Soles 4 Souls distributes shoes and clothing in two ways. Most new items collected primarily from corporations and retailers are given directly to people in need, both in the U.S. and overseas. The organization has relationships with several of the world’s leading apparel brands, which provides Soles 4 Souls with new but non-marketable overstocks, returns, discontinued models and other shoes or clothing items.

At the same time, Soles 4 Souls receives millions of articles of used shoes and clothing that have been collected by individuals, schools, faith-based institutions, civic organizations and corporate partners.  After sorting items in its national warehouse system, Soles 4 Souls typically sells the used shoes and clothing, as well as some new items allocated by manufacturers, to carefully selected micro-enterprise organizations. These both private and non-profit companies are contracted to provide shipping, financing, inventory, training and other support to ultra-small businesses in countries like Haiti where there are virtually no jobs to generate personal income.

Through the collection and sale of used (and new) clothing and shoes, Soles 4 Souls helps create self-sustaining jobs that generate desperately needed revenues throughout those communities. The sale of footwear and apparel to support micro-jobs also provides the majority of funding to sustain Soles 4 Souls operations and further expand its donations of new shoes and clothing.

What is the Patriot Run?

The Patriot Run is a CDS fundraising event that takes place Saturday, November 16, 2013. This is the fifth year of this event. The first four events were a huge success averaging 350 entrants per event and several thousand dollars raised for CDS. It includes a 5K Run and Walk, a One Mile Fun Run and short distance kids’ races. There will also be concessions, inflatable obstacle courses, and crafts!  If you would like to read more about the Patriot Run, check out their FAQ.

You can find out more information about the Patriot Run or register for the event by clicking HERE!