Howard Bank has launched a drive to collect shoes to help the poor. Used and new shoes can be dropped off at any branch of Howard Bank through April 18.
The shoes that Howard Bank collects will be delivered to Soles4Souls, an international anti-poverty organization that monetizes used shoes and clothing to create sustainable jobs and fund direct relief efforts, including distribution of new shoes and clothing. Founded in 2007, the organization has distributed more than 25 million shoes in well over 100 countries.
Soles4Souls will convert every used pair of shoes collected from the community into a value-added social currency to achieve positive change, both humanitarian and economic. Most of the reusable shoes will be distributed to microenterprise programs that create jobs in Haiti and other poor nations. The resulting revenue will help fund the free distribution of new shoes in the U.S. and overseas.
Used shoes of any kind can be dropped off at Howard Bank branches in Aberdeen, Annapolis, Bel Air, Columbia, Ellicott City, Laurel and Towson. For directions and hours of operation, visit howardbank.com or call 410-750-0020.