Retailer and charity organization partner to help Japanese relief effort

By Leigh Woeller

On March 11, no one thought that a 9.0 earthquake would cause a tsunami to hit Japan, home to the world’s third largest economy. Together we watched in disbelief as the waves flooded inland and moved homes, buildings, and cars like they were toys a child might play with in a bathtub. But the only thing harmless and innocent about this event was the unsuspecting people whose lives have been changed forever.
At Good Feet and Soles4Souls, we are terribly saddened by the devastation in Japan and are mutually committed to assisting in the recovery. Together we are fully prepared for an extensive response should the need prove to be as widespread as reports are predicting.
An event like the Japan earthquake and tsunami can make people feel helpless, but they’re not. Good Feet and Soles4Souls are asking that people stop by any participating Good Feet Store location ( or visit to find the nearest shoe drop-off location and donate as many new or gently worn pairs of shoes as they can spare.
Why donate shoes? Shoes are a personal item that protect from disease, reduce injuries, and provide hope that things are going to get better. A natural disaster like the one in Japan immediately creates situations of extreme poverty which put people at greater risk for disease and creates terrible feelings of hopelessness. Providing shoes that protect people from disease and gives them a sense of hope and caring can help speed up the recovery process and make it possible for the Japanese people to dream beyond their current situation and remind them that they are loved and cared about.
Join our response by donating shoes and giving generously today! If you’re interested in supporting the Good Feet and Soles4Souls relief efforts, stop by a participating Good Feet Store today ( or visit to find the nearest shoe drop-off location. To financially sponsor a new pair of shoes from your laptop or smart phone, text the word SHOES to 20222 to donate $5 now.

Author: LampLighter

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