Soles4Souls announced its schedule for Barefoot Week 2011 today, which includes media events and shoe distributions in seven cities. As it does each year during the first week of June, the non-profit organization will be distributing thousands of pairs of new shoes in the United States while it also collects much needed donations through shoe drives at schools, churches and community centers. The charity is asking Americans to choose one day during the week to go barefoot–at the office, at school or in public– to raise awareness for the millions of people worldwide who live in extreme poverty and can’t afford shoes.
Barefoot week will begin on June 1st with “National Barefoot Day.”
Celebrities are also lending their support of Barefoot Week by donating their shoes for a celebrity shoe auction starting June 1st on the auction site CharityBuzz.com. Stars like Sarah Jessica Parker, Elton John, the Kardashian sisters, Jessica Simpson, Paris Hilton, TODAY show cast, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Jimmy Fallon, Chelsea Handler, and others donated their shoes to be auctioned off with proceeds benefitting the charity.
Jessica Simpson: “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.”
Donald Faison: “It is easy to support charities like Soles4Souls that help children of all cultures. Monies raised pay for expensive shipping and even a small donation of $5 for new shoes will help those children who are battling life’s problems and need a positive step up.”
Cacee Cobb: “There’s so much more to this, than just having to go barefoot. What people don’t realize is that a decent pair of shoes can help prevent puncture wounds, worms, disease and even amputation. It’s just as important as water and food when it comes to a disaster.”
Get more information about how you can get involved, visit www.barefootweek.com.