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Soles for Souls Fundraiser a Huge Success

A Local Store Collects Thousands of Shoes for Haiti



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    PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI - JANUARY 30: A crowd waits in line to receive food distributed by U.S. Army 82nd Airborne soldiers in the Cite Soleil neighborhood January 30, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. An estimated one million have been made homeless by the earthquake on January 12, causing a crisis in food, shelter, water and sanitation. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

    "I thought what better thing for a shoe company than to donate shoes," that's what Fleet Feet owner Stephanie Blozy thought, and her customers agreed.

    Blozy expected to collect a few hundred shoes for the Soles for Souls charity. But a trickle of shoes became a torrent and soon Blozy was stuffing donated shoes in every corner of her basement stock room, "we were like oh my gosh, we're going to have a few more shoes than expected."

    The issue soon became not just where they were going to store the shoes but how they would make it down to Nashville, where Soles for Souls is based.

    WTIC-FM radio host Gary Craig offered to pay for a rental truck to transport the 7,000 shoes to Tennessee. From there the shoes will be shipped to Haiti with other shoes donated from across the country. The charity hopes to collect one million shoes for earthquake ravaged Hatians.

    It's not too late to help out. Fleet Feet is collecting shoes through Saturday when the truck will be filled and will leave for the south.