- Chicago-based relief organization,
Bright Hope International, is partnering with footwear executive
Wayne Elsey, of Old Hickory, Tennessee, to spearhead a worldwide
relief effort to provide 100,000 pairs of shoes to victims of the
South Asia Tsunami and to other needy areas around the world.
Elsey grew up in the shoe industry and has an impressive history
in footwear, most recently as CEO of Footwear Specialties
International. "My heart is saddened by the massive loss of life in
this region of the world," he said. "I ask that shoe companies
participate in this effort and forward to Bright Hope International
excess and obsolete footwear inventory, apparel items and/or a cash
donation for consolidation and shipment abroad."
Founded in 1968, Bright Hope International's mission is to provide
for the physical, economic and spiritual needs of people living at
the lowest economic level through personal, empowering, holistic,
local church partnerships and projects. They see this natural
disaster as the highest priority. Relief efforts will come from many
organizations, but Bright Hope has identified a critical need for
footwear among the survivors. Most of the coastal families lost
everything in the flooding following the Tsunami. The shoes will not
only help with the immediate needs for safety, but will also be the
first step in the long-term journey of rebuilding their lives.
"Bright Hope International is a very unique organization, with our
focus on the poorest of poor, needy families worldwide," said Craig
Dyer, President of Bright Hope. "We are pleased to partner with Wayne
on this footwear drive in order to consolidate and distribute the
shoes to the neediest areas."
"Financial donations are also being accepted by Bright Hope to
meet our other relief efforts in the affected areas," Dyer said. "If
you are a retailer or manufacturer and would like to participate, you
can contact us at our Chicago-area office, or visit
. Shoes and other relief materials are
already arriving, and we will support companies with tax-deductible
donations for this effort."
"We hope to minimize the after-shock and deaths by providing
essential clothing to the survivors," said Dyer. "Americans purchase
over one billion pairs of shoes annually. We have the heart and
capacity to make a difference."
Organizations and individuals interested in making a donation or
sending excess or obsolete inventory to Bright Hope International,
can contact Craig Dyer at Bright Hope International at
+1-847-519-0012, or Wayne Elsey at +1-615-406-9738.
Web site: http://www.brighthope.org
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Craig Dyer at Bright Hope International, +1-847-519-0012,
, or Wayne Elsey, +1-615-406-9738