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More Soles4Souls Donations!

I can’t say enough how much I’ve been impressed by our young students in these last couple of months. Students from the high school level and even on down to the elementary level have poured their support in for our Haiti relief campaign. And even though our promotion has ended, students are still showing their strength and ability to mobilize for good causes.

Student Alex Kyrillos dropping off the donation

Student Alex Kyrillos dropping off the donations from Bishops School

That said, all of us at Shoe Metro would like to thank the students of Bishop’s School in San Diego and also those of Spreckles Elementary for their donations. Both schools made large contributions, with Bishop’s giving about 450 pairs of shoes alone. There are still victims in Haiti and now Chile has suffered its own devastating earthquakes. These gifts are sure to help both in these hard times. Thank you again!

Soles4Souls Donation Campaign is a Success!

Our Soles4Souls-Haiti relief promotion has officially come to a close and it has been a wild success! We’ve collected nearly 800 pairs of shoes in our tiny little store to send off to victims in Haiti. We want to send a big, big, BIG THANKS to all of our customers and also, all of our employees who contributed to the effort.

Hand-painted shoes from Torah High School of San Diego.

Hand-painted shoes from Torah High School of San Diego.

We’d like to send a very special “Thank You!” to the following organizations who made a huge impact on the campaign with their donations: the Kaiser Permanente offices in La Mesa, CA; Bernardo Heights Middle School, who donated 200+ shoes; and Torah High School of San Diego, who contributed more than 50 new pairs of shoes, beautifully hand-painted by the students themselves. Thank you!

If you have any shoes you would like to give to the cause, Shoe Metro is still accepting donations on behalf of Soles4Souls. Feel free to come by our retail store and drop them off!

A Few Ways to Help Haiti Relief Efforts

We’ve all heard about the tragedy and disaster that struck Haiti last week and I’m sure most of us have already made some sort of charitable donation to the Haiti relief efforts. But it still weighs heavy on my mind and so I must ask you to dig even deeper.

Photo: NYDailyNews.com

Photo: NYDailyNews.com

If you can’t afford another monetary donation, I’ve found a couple of ways to contribute some old stuff you might have laying around your house:

  • Shoe charity, Soles4Souls, has pledged to collect and send 250,000 pairs of used shoes to the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. If you have old shoes that you don’t wear any more, you can donate them to Soles4Souls and they will send them to Haiti. If you’re in San Diego, you can actually come to our Shoe Metro retail store, drop off your shoes, and we’ll ship them to Soles4Souls. Otherwise, you can enter your Zip Code and find the nearest Soles4Souls drop-off location on their website.
  • ReCellular’s Phones for Haiti program sells old cell phones and donates the proceeds towards Haiti relief. You can donate your phone to Phones for Haiti by mail (you can even print a pre-paid shipping label on their website). ReCellular will sell then sell the phone and donate 100% of the proceeds to the American Red Cross. If you have any old cell phones laying around (I know I have plenty), please send it to Phones for Haiti.

And of course, if you can still make a monetary donation or haven’t yet made one, I strongly encourage you to donate to Doctors Without Borders. I’ve heard both the American Red Cross and Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti foundation come under fire for less-than-honest business practices. But I completely trust Doctors Without Borders and have already made my own personal contribution. Please, I implore you to help however you can.