Nearly 6,000 pairs of shoes are en route to Haiti’s earthquake victims, thanks to donations from members of Northwest Multiple Listing Service, a Kirkland-based company.
During the month-long drive, real estate brokers, agents and their clients were asked to donate any type of new or gently worn shoes, including casual, dress and athletic shoes, plus flip flops, sandals and protective footwear.
The 20 pallets containing the boxes of shoes are being transported to the Project Haiti program of Soles4Souls, a Nashville-based charity that helps organize shoe drives. The charity distributes shoes free of charge to people in need regardless of race, religion, class or any other criteria. Since 2005, Soles4Souls has given away more than seven million pairs of shoes to disaster victims and others in need in 125 countries.
The 7.0 magnitude quake that struck on January 12 claimed 200,000 lives, left 1.5 million residents of Haiti homeless and resulted in 3 million people needing emergency aid.
Approximately 24,000 real estate brokers and agents are part of Northwest Multiple Listing Service. The MLS, based in Kirkland, encompasses 21 counties in Western and Central Washington.