WALTHAM, Mass., Nov. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In a time of year when giving back is crucial, Stride Rite today announced that in 2016 alone it collected and donated over 150,000 pairs of shoes to non-profit partner Soles4Souls. In addition, the brand is also renewing its commitment to continue the partnership in 2017. Since 2014, Stride Rite has supported Soles4Souls' mission that everyone around the world deserves a good pair of shoes, collecting and donating a total of 384,920 pairs for distribution globally.
This back-to-school season, customers helped Stride Rite donate nearly 60,000 pairs of shoes to families in need of shoes for their children to attend school. For over two months during the season, the brand donated one percent of net profits on the sale of shoes to Soles4Souls and customers were encouraged to drop off new or used shoes to the Soles4Souls donation bins located in Stride Rite stores. "At Stride Rite, we're parents first, and we embrace the opportunity to partner with Soles4Souls to provide children with the shoes they so desperately need," said Liz Bunnell, senior director of marketing, Stride Rite. "With the help of our customers, we've impacted hundreds of thousands of children and we're excited to continue our work with Soles4Souls in the year ahead, providing this essential footwear for kids in need around the world."