Shortly after the disaster, Share Our Shoes launched a project called Share Our Shoes in Haiti.
Three weeks later, the response has been so enormous that the organization has to move out of its Cameron Village office to a bigger facility. Share Our Shoes is now located at 1107 Capital Blvd. Raleigh, NC 27602. However, there are many drop box locations around the Triangle. For a list of locations, click here.
When Share Our Shoes decided to specifically ask people to donate shoes for Haiti, they say the response was overwhelming.
Its three month goal of 150,000 pairs was surpassed in only a few weeks.
Luckily, Ample Storage in Raleigh donated space to store the thousands of kicks coming in, but the biggest change has been the new warehouse in Raleigh that will make sorting and packing all the shoes much easier.
Founder Jennifer Pierce says she hopes to load around 200,000 pairs of shoes onto a semi-truck destined for Fort Pierce, Florida Tuesday.
From there, Missionary Flights International has agreed to get the shoe shipment to Haiti where Pierce was told footwear is in great need.
"There's a lot of rubbish out there; trash, rocks, nails, all kinds of things from the collapsing and with that can come cuts and more infections and it can lead to death," Pierce said. "I just keep going with the community's help; as long as I have their help we can do it together."
Share Our Shoes accepts any kind of shoe in any size.
It's also looking for volunteers to help sort and pack.
If you want to help visit http://shareourshoes.org.