Soles4Souls, the non-profit organization that gives shoes to those in need, announced Thursday that it is in the process of acquiring Dignity U Wear’s current clothing inventory and assets.
Dignity U Wear, a Jacksonville, Fla.-based organization, began 17 years ago by giving free new clothing to those in need. The charity’s distribution has helped 1.3 million individuals.
After the acquisition, Soles4Souls plans to expand Dignity U Wear’s network and distribution capabilities to help people across the U.S. and internationally. “By joining forces, Soles4Souls will be able to leverage the Dignity U Wear apparel inventory to help hundreds of thousands around the world,” said Buddy Teaster, Soles4Souls president and CEO. “At the same time, the Dignity U Wear network will allow Soles4Souls to significantly expand its domestic distribution of free clothes. We are excited about these new avenues to serve those in need and increase our impact.”
Since its founding in 2006, Soles4Souls has grown to provide short-term relief through direct assistance programs providing new shoes and clothing to millions of people annually through more than 1,000 charitable partner organizations in the U.S. and around the world. Soles4Souls distribute more than 2.5 million pairs of shoes and 1 million pounds of clothing annually.
The organization also creates long-term solutions to global poverty through a micro-enterprise model, which provides entrepreneurs in developing nations the ability to start small businesses by providing a steady supply of high-quality, low-cost product. Micro-enterprise operations are focused in sub-Saharan Africa, Moldova, Haiti and Honduras.