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Payless said that all partners should receive their gift coupons packages today along with a personal letter from Matthew E. Rubel, chairman and chief executive officer of Collective Brands, Inc., which owns Payless, with a special request to get the coupons into the hands of the children that need them in time for the holidays. The quantity of gift coupons per agency was based on agency size and the number of constituents served. Packages landing today include as many as 200 coupons for some agencies. Many agencies will also provide transportation for group shopping trips to the local Payless stores.
Payless initiated the new program in response to the economic crisis, its impact on the underprivileged, the significant need across the United States for children's shoes, and to support smaller, localized nonprofits with a tool to assist them in helping those in need this holiday season.
The company launched the program on Nov. 11 with a call to action to the non-profit community to apply to be partners in the national shoe-gifting campaign with an aim to build a network of localized organizations across the nation for immediate, direct access to kids in need. In a 10-day application period, the retailer received more than 2,500 applicants at its application website www.paylessgives.com and inquiries from more than 3,000 U.S. cities nationwide. The application period is now closed.
Horizons of Kansas City, also a nonprofit, served as the
independent third-party to manage the selection process based on
For a complete list of the 630 Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids partners by state and city, please go to www.paylessgives.com. Included will be organization name with a link to its website.
Payless ShoeSource, Inc., a unit of
Collective Brands, Inc., is the largest specialty family
footwear retailer in the Western Hemisphere and is dedicated to
democratizing fashion and design in footwear and accessories and
inspiring fun, fashion possibilities for the family at a great
value. As of the end of third quarter 2008, the
company operated more than 4,500 stores. In addition, customers
can buy shoes over the Internet through Payless.com
Brands, Inc. (NYSE: PSS) is a leader in bringing compelling
lifestyle, fashion and performance brands for footwear and
related accessories to consumers worldwide. The company
operates three strategic units covering a powerful brand
portfolio, as well as multiple price points and selling channels
including retail, wholesale, ecommerce and licensing.
Collective Brands, Inc. includes Payless ShoeSource, focused on
democratizing fashion and design in footwear and accessories
through its more than 4,500-store retail chain, with its brands
About Greater Horizons
Greater Horizons helps donors across the entire Kansas and Missouri region connect with local and national charitable causes and encourages donors, no matter where they live, to reconnect with causes in their hometown.
* Excluding Payless stores located in Shopko stores.
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