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Friday, June 03, 2011

National Barefoot Week

Footwear is a critical need for the homeless in Los Angeles. Many homeless and poor have foot issues because of ill-fitting or worn shoes, and the inability to take care of their feet adequately. New, correct sized shoes will make a big difference to their overall health and well-being. National Barefoot Week will be celebrated with the giveaway of several thousand pairs of new shoes at the Los Angeles Mission. The Mission is celebrating its 75th Anniversary. Soles4Souls® is the title sponsor of the series of events nationwide (June 1-7), which encourages people to temporarily go barefoot and donate their shoes. Events will be held in six cities with nearly 10,000 pairs of shoes to be distributed. Shoes are donated by manufacturers, shoe stores and individuals and at the Los Angeles Mission, celebrities and other volunteers will distribute the new shoes. Scrubs star Donald Faison and Price of Beauty’s CaCee Cobb will be handing out shoes at the Los Angeles Mission. Soles4Souls®, have announced a complete line-up of a-list celebrities who will take off their shoes for a good cause. To further celebrate Soles4Souls 4th annual National Barefoot Week, they are holding a a charity auction at CharityBuzz.com , until June 22nd. Celebrity shoes include Brooke Burke, Paris Hilton, Matthew Morrison, Chelsea Handler, Tom Brokaw, Joan and Melissa Rivers, Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire, Nick Harper, Maria Menounos, Billy Bush, Kenny Rogers, Bill Engvall, Maria Sharapova, Ricky Gervais, Karl Pilkington, Stephen Merchant, Jason Bateman, Guiliana Rancic, Ryan Seacrest, Chace Crawford, Brian Williams, the cast of Law and Order, Jimmy Fallon, Quest Love of "The Roots," Lance Bass, NASCAR drivers Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordan, Tony Stewart, and Mark Martin, NHL players Alex Ovechkin, Zach Parise, Zdeno Chara, Ryan Getzlaf, and Chris Pronger, the Eureka cast, Jillian Michaels, Camille Grammer, Margaret Cho, Alison Sweeney, Curt Schilling, Phil Mickelson, Wayne Gretzky, Jennie Finch, Stacey Dash, and Jonah Hill.
For more information on the auction and how to bid, or to find out how you can get involved in Soles4Souls 2011 National Barefoot Week, visit www.giveshoes.org. Other sites of interest include www.clothes4souls.org , and www.hope4souls.org

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