Free Shoes to Charity
Fashion Article Posted November 12, 2008
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In response to today's challenging economic climate and a general need for shoes by so many kids across America, Payless is giving $1 million in shoes more than 65,000 pairs to families of children in need this holiday season through its first-ever Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids program.
The company is embarking on a grass roots approach through a partnership with localized non-profit organizations nationwide to distribute the shoes gifts. In today's tight economy, many of these local nonprofits are often under-supported as well. Local charities interested in joining the campaign simply need to complete a short online application at www.paylessgives.com.
Payless will select as many well-suited non-profits as possible to serve as its partners in the massive grass roots shoe-gifting effort. In early December the company expects to announce all of its selected partners with an aim of blanketing the nation in both urban cities with dense populations, as well as rural regions of the United States.
A Call to Non-Profits Nationwide
Non-profit organizations interested in participating can apply at www.paylessgives.com by completing a short online application. Selection criteria for non-profit participation includes IRC 501(c)(3) status, as well as direct access to underprivileged children in local communities during December. The application process for non-profit partners of the Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids program starts today and ends Nov. 21. Selected partners will be notified and the shoe gift coupons will be distributed in various quantities to the partners based on the number of constituents they serve.
Payless will select as many well-suited non-profits as possible to serve as its partners in the significant grass roots shoe-gifting effort. In early December the company expects to announce all of its selected partners with an aim of blanketing the nation in both urban cities with dense populations, as well as rural regions of the United States.
Horizons of Kansas City will serve as the
independent third-party to manage the
selection process based on Payless
is when the causes you care about reach far
and wide and that fits very well with this
new Payless program, said Brenda Chumley,
executive director of Greater Horizons. We
are thrilled to assist in connecting Payless
to the non-profit organizations that make
most sense given the goals of the program
to get a free pair of shoes into the hands
of underprivileged children across America
this holiday season.
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
As of the end
of second quarter 2008, the company operated
more than 4,500 stores. In addition,
customers can buy shoes over the Internet
Collective 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 American Eagle
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.
Laura Poretzky Abaete Payless Fall 2008 Collection
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