Fort Myers, FL, January 20, 2011 --(PR.com)-- When people think of Southwest Florida, the images that often come to mind include beautiful beaches, sunshine, golf, shopping, and dining. There are many affluent communities that are home to those who have worked hard to retire in this little piece of paradise. However, there are other images of Southwest Florida which are not quite so sunny. A number of families in Southwest Florida are struggling each day to ensure that their children have suitable clothes and shoes to wear. Fortunately, there are local organizations that are working diligently to answer this need in our community, and area businesses that are helping to support these causes.
In Bonita Springs, RCMA Headstart and Rev. Geri Franke of Harvest Time Ministries have started a collection program for children's shoes and clothing, to ensure that no child in Southwest Florida has to go without these necessities. Foot Solutions of Estero, a running and specialty shoe store located next to Publix on US 41 & Corkscrew Rd., is a collection drop-off point for shoes to be donated to these organizations.
"I attended the Brooks Health Fair, and was informed about the need for shoes by a representative from Lighthouse Bay who was working with these local charities," said Chris Cole, owner of Foot Solutions of Estero. "We were collecting shoes for an international charity called 'Soles4Souls', but really wanted to contribute to those in need locally as well."
In their November shoe drive, Foot Solutions of Estero collected over 500 pairs of shoes for RCMA Headstart, Harvest Time Ministries, and Soles4Souls.
"When local businesses like Foot Solutions hear of a need in the community and go above and beyond, everyone benefits," said Elaine Rumble of Lighthouse Bay at the Brooks, who also donated numerous bags of clothing to both worthy causes.
Foot Solutions of Estero remains a drop off location for gently used shoes to be donated to RCMA Headstart and Harvest Time Ministries. Currently, there is a high demand for children's shoes. To encourage people to donate, Foot Solutions of Estero is offering a discount for purchases made that day to anyone who brings in their gently used shoes to be donated to these charities.
Foot Solutions of Estero also promotes SWFL running clubs, such as the Fort Myers Track Club, Gulf Coast Runners, and several area 5K runs for charitable organizations. All members of local running clubs also receive an in store discount for athletic or running shoes.
Bring gently used shoes to Foot Solutions of Estero in the Corkscrew Village Shopping Center, on the corner of Corkscrew Road and U.S. 41 (next to Publix). For more information, call 239- 495-8911 or e-mail email@example.com. Hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m - 5p.m., Closed Sundays.
Foot Solutions of Estero is part of a worldwide company with more than 240 franchise locations. They are devoted to helping their clients achieve better health through their feet and are a recognized leader in specialty footwear, orthopedic shoes, custom arch supports and inserts, footwear for diabetics and those suffering from foot conditions such as plantar fasciitis. They also specialize in alleviation of joint pain, and custom footwear for runners and golfers. Foot Solutions is the world's largest and No.1 ranked health and wellness franchise. Foot Solutions stores, through its affiliation with Soles4Souls, have already collected over 100,000 pairs of shoes for people in need worldwide. For more information about Foot Solutions of Estero and the shoe drive, visit http://stores.footsolutions.com/estero or call 239-495-8911.