Binghamton University drive to collect 10,000 Pairs of Shoes


 Students, faculty and staff of Seneca Hall, a residential building located within Binghamton University’s College-in-the-Woods community, are currently partnering with Soles4Souls, Inc. - a non profit organization out of Nashville, TN- to collect 10,000 pairs of shoes to benefit victims of natural disasters and others in need. 

Donation drop boxes have been placed in every residence hall across campus and the six-week drive will commence on May 9, the last day of classes for Binghamton University students.

Soles4Souls, Inc. has donated more than 3 million pairs of shoes to roughly 58 countries since its 2004 inception, beginning with their original drive that successfully raised 250,000 pairs of shoes for victims of the Southeast Asia tsunami disaster. Wayne Elsey, founder of Soles4Souls, Inc. partnered with friends, local churches and the media for their initial drive. “It is this local, invisible web of numerous community connections that makes us believe that raising 10,000 pairs of shoes is truly possible.  Furthermore, it is estimated that there are more than 1.5 billion pairs that currently lay idle in American closets, according to Elsey. “We can use shoes taking up space in your closet to change the world, one pair at a time.”

Soles4Souls, Inc. collects shoes of every style, size and for any event, although sneakers are often the most needed.  If you would like to participate in the shoe drive, would like to donate shoes or would like more information, contact Jessica Gahring, Resident Director at Binghamton University, at (607) 777-5122 or email

Last Updated: 9/17/13