Soles4Souls and First Baptist Church of Orlando Announce Distribution of 30,000 Sandals to Needy People in Orlando

Soles4Souls and First Baptist Church of Orlando Announce Distribution of 30,000 Sandals to Needy People in Orlando

Posted: Tuesday, September 30, 2008 9:10 am

NASHVILLE, TN and ORLANDO FL — Soles4Souls, the international charity dedicated to providing free footwear to those in desperate need, announced today its plans to partner with First Baptist Church of Orlando to distribute 30,000 pairs of sandals to needy people in the greater Orlando, Florida area.  The distribution is a key component of Fusion 2008, held on the weekend of October 3-5.  The event brings local churches together to participate in community services to demonstrate God’s love through meeting needs.

"We are thrilled to be able to donate to First Baptist Church of Orlando so they can reach out to needy people in their community," said Wayne Elsey, Soles4Souls Founder and CEO.  "The church has a long history of serving people in their community through acts of love and kindness, and we’re happy that these sandals will go to people who need them most," he said.

Church staff member John Helton is heading up First Orlando’s distribution efforts during Fusion 2008.  "We’re teaming up with Soles4Souls in several ways: first of all, on Saturday, October 4 at the Student Center, we’ll be distributing shoes to those who come to us," he said.  News releases to various ministries within a 600-mile radius of Orlando will inform the needy of the shoe distribution. First Orlando is also partnering with Coalition for the Homeless and the Orlando Union Rescue Mission, which will also be given shoes to distribute.

On October 4, the addresses of the distribution centers are:

Orlando Union Rescue Mission
Donation Center
3250 Old Winter Garden Rd.
Orlando, Fl 32805

Coalition for the Homeless
639 W Central Blvd
Orlando, Fl 32801

First Baptist Church of Orlando
Student Center
3000 South John Young Parkway
Orlando, Florida 32805

On Saturday, September 27, Helton will also be leading a door-to-door shoe distribution in the Paramore neighborhood of Orlando.  "We will be canvassing the Timberscan subdivision," he explained. "We’ll be sharing with them what we’re doing and handing out sandals. We’ll also tell them that if they know anyone who needs shoes, to send them our way on October 4," he said.

The two Saturday distributions will run from 10am to 2pm, and on October 4 several speakers are scheduled during the event, including Wayne Elsey, Soles4Souls Founder and CEO.  The press conference will start at 11:00am until 12:00pm.  Helton said that he needed more volunteers to help give away sandals, among other things.  "For September 27, I need people to walk through Paramore with me knocking on doors and handing out shoes. There will be great opportunities for evangelism that day. For October 4, I need people to carry boxes of shoes, open them up and put them out on tables," he said.  "I also need people to sit at the tables and give out shoes as well as people for crowd control and to help out with parking. I have plenty of things for you to do."

If you would like to be a part of the Soles4Souls outreach on either September 27, October 4 or both, call John Helton at 407-514-4274.

To learn more about Soles4Souls, visit their website at

[Portions of this article were written by David Ettinger, First Orlando Baptist Church]

About Soles4Souls
Nashville-based Soles4Souls™ facilitates the donations of both new and used shoes, which are used to aid the hurting worldwide. Since its inception, Soles4Souls has distributed more than 3.4 million pairs (or one pair every 23 seconds) to people in more than 60 countries, including Honduras, Romania, Thailand, and the Sudan.  The charity has been featured on CNN Headline News, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, ABC News, FOX, CBS, and hundreds of regional outlets around North America.  Soles4Souls is a 501(c)(3) recognized by the IRS; donating parties are eligible for tax advantages. Visit for more information.

Posted 9.30.08

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