From Green Right Now Reports
While major humanitarian groups continue to need cash donations to pay for food, water and medical supplies for Haitians injured and displaced by the earthquake, other relief efforts are now well underway. Some involve getting clothing and personal supplies to Haitians. Even cash-strapped Americans can recycle gently used items, designating them for Haitian relief. Clothing collections are still coalescing, but two major shoe collection efforts are in place:
- Foot Solutions, on behalf of Soles4Souls, the international charity that provides free footwear to people in need, continues to collect gently used shoes at any of its 240 worldwide locations. Foot Solutions stores have already collected 100,000 pairs of shoes, in response to their intial appeal just after the earthquake on Jan. 12. “Like so many others, we want to do everything we can to help,” said Ray Margiano, Foot Solutions CEO and founder. “Almost everyone has shoes in their closet that they don’t use and donating them is a great way to help….” See the website or call 1-888-FIT-FOOT for details.
- The Finish Line also is collecting gently used shoes at its retail locations to be sent to Haiti via Soles4Souls, which has pledged to collect 1 million pairs of new and used boots and shoes for Haitian earthquake survivors. In addition, the Finish Line is collecting cash donations for Samaritan’s Feet, another non-profit that collects shoes for poor children around the world. Samaritan’s Feet is redirecting $50,000 from its current collection drive to distribute shoes in Haiti. Finish Line also is collected donations from its employees, which number more than 12,000, and will match cash contributions up to $25,000. The money will be given to Action Against Hunger to distribute food and supplies in Haiti. “Our employees, customers, vendors and charitable partners have all been moved by the tragic images and stories coming from Haiti,” said Glenn Lyon, Finish Line chief executive officer. Lyon continues, “We are eager to do our part to support the relief and rebuilding efforts in Haiti.”
A footnote: South Dakota State University basketball coach Scott Nagycoached the team’s game over the weekend in barefoot to draw attention to the need for donations, including shoe donations, for Haiti. Nagy’s adopted daughter Naika is a Haitian native.
“She doesn’t say a whole lot, but I know it’s heavy on her heart,” Nagy told the AP.
And remember while you’re digging for shoe donations in your closet, if you can make an immediate cash donation to Haiti before March 1, it can be deducted as a charitable expense on your 2009 taxes as a result of a special law quickly passed by Congress last week.
Did we just say “law quickly passed by Congress…” ?
See our previously posted list of major relief groups that can use your donation.