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Caleres to dedicate 1 million USD to Soles4Souls

May 9, 2022 United States
Caleres to dedicate 1 million USD to Soles4Souls
The grant is expected to be paid over two years through Charitable Trust Donation, round up campaign and product donation to support 4EveryKid Program. The aim is to help provide shoes for homeless children
The donation will be paid from the Caleres Cares Charitable Trust over two years, including a 500 000 US dollars monetary donation and 500 000 US dollars in-kind product donation. The in-kind donation will include athletic shoes for homeless children "just in time for back-to-school". Additionally, Caleres brands including Famous Footwear, Allen Edmonds, Naturalizer and Sam Edelman will support the 4EveryKid campaign through a round up at checkout option online during the month of September.

The first product donation to the 4EveryKid program will occur over the summer, benefitting children in St. Louis, where Caleres is headquartered.

“There are more than 17 000 kids experiencing homelessness in the greater St. Louis region of 15 counties and 854 public schools. This donation will help us reach every single one of them to make sure they have a new pair of shoes to start school this fall. When we approached Caleres with our vision around this program, they didn’t hesitate. Their donation will help us work directly with St. Louis area public schools to give them the support they need to help kids prepare for their first day of school”, commented Buddy Teaster, CEO and president of Soles4Souls.

“Our mission is to inspire people to feel great…feet first. While we often do that in spirit, this program gives us the opportunity to do that literally. Buddy and the Soles4Souls team do incredible work and we are thankful for the opportunity to join them in supporting an extraordinary program right here in our own back yard”, concluded Diane Sullivan, Chairman and CEO of Caleres.

Image credits: Hannah Busing on Unsplash

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