Caleres donated $1 million to Soles4Souls to help provide shoes for homeless children through the 4EveryKid program.
The donation will be paid for by the Caleres Cares Charitable Trust over two years, including a monetary donation of $500,000 and an in-kind product donation of $500,000.
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According to Caleres, the in-kind donation will include athletic shoes for homeless children just in time for the start of the school year this fall. Additionally, Caleres brands, including Famous shoesAllen Edmonds, Naturalizer and Sam Edelman will support the 4EveryKid campaign through an online checkout roundup option during the month of September.
The first product donation to the 4EveryKid program will take place this summer and will benefit children in St. Louis, where Caleres is based.
“There are over 17,000 homeless children in the greater St. Louis area of 15 counties and 854 public schools,” Teaser Boyfriend, president and CEO of Soles4Souls, said in a statement. “This donation will help us reach each 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 public schools in the St. Louis area to provide them with the support they need to help children prepare for their first day of school.
Diane Sullivan, President and CEO of Caleres, added, “Buddy and the Soles4Souls team are doing amazing work and we are grateful for the opportunity to join them in supporting an amazing program right here in our own backyard. yard.
This donation comes just weeks after Caleres posted an update on its progress towards the company’s ambitious environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals for 2025 that it unveiled last year. In her 2021 Impact Report, released earlier this month, Caleres said she would also continue to support the Two Ten Footwear Foundation, having donated $150,000 to Two Ten in 2021 through his Caleres Cares Charitable Trust. The company added that its associates donated an additional $12,500 to the organization through an employee giving campaign.
These donations are in addition to the 141,000 items Caleres donated in 2021. The company said it donated 102,559 pairs of shoes, backpacks and face masks to the Ticket to Dream Foundation to support young adoptees; 34,908 pairs at Soles4Souls; and 4,243 pairs to other causes, including the Fashion Footwear Association of New York’s (FFANY) Shoes on Sale event to benefit breast cancer research.
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