Don’t throw away your old shoes. Recycle them at Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI) in Rumson. From December 9 to December 18, the Youth Department at CBI will be collecting gently worn shoes for Soles4Souls, a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. By redistributing the shoes through the organization’s international micro-enterprise partners, men and women will be given the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty by earning a sustainable income.
Susan Alderson, Youth Director at CBI says “CBI has formed a YOUTH IN ACTION program this year to promote social action, volunteerism and leadership. This is one of many programs we are participating in this year. Our students are excited to collect shoes for this amazing organization, which gives shoes to the needy and helps people to literally, get back on their feet and move forward with their lives. “
According to Buddy Teaster, CEO of Soles4Souls, the organization has distributed more than 19 million pairs
of shoes around the world. He
“with 1 in every 4 adults in the world living in extreme poverty, basic necessities like shoes are simply unavailable. In developing nations like Haiti, Honduras, and Tanzania, walking is the main form of transportation, and shoes can protect a person’s feet from cuts and infections. Also, children in other parts of the world cannot attend school without a pair of shoes. “
CBI, which has been serving the Jewish community for more than 90 years, is located at 171 Ridge Road, at the corner of Hance and Ridge Roads, in Rumson. For more information about CBI, visit www.cbirumson.org. For more information about Soles4Souls, visit www.giveshoes.org.