The Tennessee Titans will again host a shoe drive to benefit Nashville-based shoe charity Soles4Souls as the Titans take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at LP Field on Saturday, Aug. 15, at 7 p.m. The Titans are asking fans to bring ‘gently worn’ shoes to the game and drop them in the seven locations outside each gate of LP Field beginning at 5 p.m. through kickoff.
“We can use the shoes taking up space in your closet to change the world one pair at a time,” says Wayne Elsey, the Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls™ Inc., who is accustomed to seeing 32,000 pairs of shoes come in and out of the charity’s warehouses each week. “We need our partners in our hometown of Nashville to ‘STEP UP’ and get behind our call for action. It’s one of the most simple yet profound gifts you can make, because it will greatly improve someone’s life in the most difficult of times.”
The mission of Soles4Souls is to impact as many lives as possible with the gift of shoes. Currently, there are over 300 million children and 1.5 billion adults worldwide who are without footwear. A decent pair of footwear can help prevent puncture wounds, worms, disease and even amputation. It can lead to education opportunities for children and employment prospects for adults. The gift of shoes is profound for victims of natural disasters and those living in abject poverty. The charity’s mission is the primary reason behind its success.
This drive is the first of the Titans annual stadium drive collections for the 2009 season. Additional drives will follow, including collections of undergarments for a women’s shelter, school supplies, cell phones, coats, food, baby items and toys to benefit various non-profit agencies and those in need.