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Local businesses collect shoes for Soles4Souls

Staff Report
Published June 24, 2011

The Upstate business community is partaking in Soles4Souls to provide shoes for homeless shelters and domestic violence shelters.

There are sites at local businesses where people can drop off new or used shoes in collection boxes.

“This is a way to give back to the community. As a business owner, I think it’s very important that we give back and support the community we live and work in,” said Michael Murray, owner of First Place Employer Services in downtown Greenville and organizer of the shoe drive.

The Greenville goal is to collect thousands of shoes by the end of the drive. The national goal is to collect 11 million shoes in 2011.

Soles4Souls is a national organization that “has a simple concept: we procure shoes and get them to those in need,” according to its website. This is the local drive of the national organization.

Murray said the original goal was to have 10 collection sites. Currently, there are 19 and the new goal is 40 Upstate businesses participating as collection sites.

Soles4Souls recently named the Greenville drive “A Drive to Watch.” Call Murray to be added to the list at 864-399-2837. Follow the local drive on Facebook.

Local drop-off sites:

-The Spa at West End at 714 South Main St., Greenville, 29601

-Mellow Mushroom at 1 Augusta St. Suite # 201, Greenville, 29601

-Liquid Highway at 11 South Main St., Greenville, 29601

-Liquid Highway at 1941-A Woodruff Road, Greenville, 29607

-The Blueberry Frog at 624 S. Main St., Greenville, 29601

-The Blue Berry Frog at 375 Harrison Bridge Road, Simpsonville (Located in the Fairview Corners II Shopping Plaza next to Panera Bread).

-Compass Carolina at 1100 Rutherford Road, Greenville, 29609

-Rondezvous at 5021 Pelham Road, Greenville, 29615

-Alpha Property Management at 46 Saint Mark Road, Taylors, 29687

-Steve White Volkswagen Audi at 100 Duvall Drive, Greenville

-Alegria Cherokee Dickies Store at 7868 K- Rea Road, Charlotte, NC

-Dynamic Realty at 413 Vardry St., Greenville, 29601

-Elite Property Management at 413 Vardry St., Greenville, 29601

-BreakOut Bras at 621 Haywood Road, Greenville

-Bennett-Richardson & Associates at 4721 Calhoun Memorial Highway, Easley, 29640

-Greenfield’s Bagels & Deli at 101 Verdae Blvd # 180, Greenville, 29607

-ESPN 1440 at 105 N. Spring St. Suite 113, Greenville, 29601

-The Cigar Boxx at 23 College St., Greenville, 29601

-Sky at Blue Ridge at 217 North Main St. Greenville, 29601