Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Some Unusual Charity - Holey Soles Help Katrina Victims Get Back on Their Feet

It’s not quite walking on water, but floating colourful shoes can do their part in throwing a lifeline to the victims of Katrina.

It has been months since Hurricane Katrina decimated New Orleans and the Southern Gulf States, but the massive rebuilding process has only just begun.

The most unusual, yet startlingly useful, of these contributions would have to be strange colourful floating foam shoes from Vancouver, Canada.

Holey Soles Holding Ltd. donated over $200,000 worth of their funky footwear to those ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama. The Victory Christian Centre in Tulsa, in conjunction with Helping Hurting Children, and over 200 local church organizations helped in the distribution.

“I would never believed that such funny looking colourful clogs with holes in them would be so helpful,” says Nancy Sykes of Christian Victory Center. “People say they are so comfortable.”

Although it seems an unlikely donation for those violently ravaged and struggling to get by in the waterlogged city, Holey Soles make a great deal of sense.

If ever there were a shoe built for a flooded environment it would be Holey Soles. Weighing in at less than 150 grams, the shoes miraculously float. They are also brightly coloured and easy to spot. They have a non-slip grip that is perfect for slippery environments, are resistant to industrial chemicals and have an open-toe and ‘holey’ design to allow for quick drying. To top it all off, Holey Soles are famous for being incredibly comfortable and versatile.

Pastor Rod Baker of Victory Christian Center in Tusla said, “We are truly thankful to Holey Soles for the donation of their shoes to the lives that have been devastated by the hurricanes of the Gulf Coast. The shoes will add value to their lives and will truly be a treasured gift. This is such a showing of compassion to them in this time of desperation.”

Who would have thought that funny-looking clogs from Canada could make such a difference to those in need of some comfortable, waterproof footwear?

To find out more about Holey Soles contact Joyce Groote, President and CEO at (604) 263-5527


At 12:38 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, i never thought that something that sounds as ridiculous as that could actually be so great a charity! you are right..... although it does seem an unlikely donation, it does make a great deal of sense!


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