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FAIRBORN — Soles4Souls, the global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty, is ramping up efforts to help individuals in need this year. And Teleperformance is getting on board to help the shoeless.

Individuals can help by donating some of the 700 million pairs of shoes thrown away by Americans each year. Donations will be accepted from through Jan. 31 at Teleperformance, located at 57 East Dayton-Yellow Springs Road. They may be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

By recycling gently worn shoes with the Soles4Souls, the discarded footwear will be given a second chance at life. They will be redistributed through the organization’s international micro-enterprise partners.

“Teleperformance is excited to partner with Soles4Souls for our third year to collect shoes and be able to provide footwear to those in need across the globe,” said Jim Phillips, Vice President of Recruitment at Teleperformance.

Soles4Souls has distributed more than 19 million pairs of shoes around the world with the help of partners like Teleperformance. With one in every four 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.

“We are excited that individuals like Teleperformance are working with us to help end the perpetuation of poverty by providing used shoes and micro-jobs to individuals in other countries,” said Buddy Teaster, CEO of Soles4Souls. “Please join in this initiative to collect gently worn footwear, and possibly improve the quality of someone’s daily life. Shoes can enable someone to step out of poverty.”

For more information on how to get involved and donate, visit www.giveshoes.org.

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