|May 30, 2009 (USA)|
Soles4Souls Inc, the international shoe charity dedicated to providing free footwear to people in need, has announced its celebrity support of Barefoot Week. The annual series of events (June 1 - 7) features the charity distributing thousands of shoes to people in need during the week.
"If you can't dig deep in your pockets, than dig in your closet! Americans can make a huge difference with Soles4Souls by donating shoes. Soles4Souls gives away a pair of shoes every 13 seconds in over 120 countries, with over 55 percent donated to fellow Americans." -Scarlett Johansson (who has donated 2,000 pairs of new shoes in the past)
"Whether it's a child struggling to go to school in Kenya, or an American who needs a pair of work boots, Soles4Souls is there to answer the simple requests of millions of people. We hope you will participate in Barefoot Week and help change the world, one pair at a time." -Brittany Snow
"Run Athletics is inspired by Soles4Souls and their mission to help this in need around the world with the gift of shoes. We hope that everyone will host their own shoe drives in their neighborhoods during Barefoot Week, support Barefoot Day in their communities and Barefoot Sunday in your churches." -Rev Run (Joseph Simmons)
"I applaud Soles4Souls for being so dedicated to helping provide shoes to everyone they encounter who needs them. We need more organizations like them who understand the true nature of giving while expecting nothing in return. They are making a difference in the world, one pair of shoes at a time!" -Antawn Jamison, 2-time NBA All-Star for the Washington Wizards
"I am thrilled to support Soles4Souls and the 2009 Barefoot Week in order to help spread their mission to 'Change the world one pair at a time.' Their commitment is inspiring and I hope that thousands of people join me in support of the fantastic work they are doing across America." -Kellie Pickler
"It's an honor to donate shoes to help Soles4Souls as they do incredible things for the less fortunate people in this world. I encourage everyone to lend support." -Jessica Simpson
"I've got sole but I'm not a soldier. However, with Soles4Souls I am helping to fight the war against poverty in my own small way by giving to those in need." -Perez Hilton
"You don't have to be a singer to have soul! Help Soles4Souls by donating your unwanted shoes this year to children in need all around the world. It feels good to let somebody walk in your shoes!" -Nick Lachey
"I was amazed when I heard Americans have 1.5 billion pairs of unworn shoes lying in their closets. I am proud to support Soles4Souls as they use each and every one of these pairs to make a tangible difference in someone's life." -Lance Bass
"Shoes are such a basic need that they are often overlooked. Soles4Souls puts shoes on the feet of many in need so they can take that first step toward a brighter future."-Elizabeth Banks
"There are many people around the world that have never owned a pair of shoes, and Soles4Souls is working very hard to put a pair of brand new shoes on their feet. I encourage everyone to donate as many shoes as possible." -Randy Jackson.