Nashville, TN (CNS) – International shoe charity Soles4Souls has enlisted the help of several celebrities for this year’s Barefoot Week. Scarlet Johansson, Nick Lachey, Jessica Simpson, Randy Jackson and Perez Hilton are among the list of star supports for the annual event running June 1-7.
The central purpose for the yearly donation drive is to outfit thousands of people around the globe with the footwear they desperately need. According the organization’s numbers, roughly 5 million shoes have been distributed in over 125 countries so far.
Jessica Simpson lent her voice to Barefoot Week, expressing what “an honor to donate shoes to help Soles4Souls as they do incredible things for the less fortunate people in this world”.
American Idol alum Kellie Pickler verbalized her endorsement, stating how she is “thrilled to support Soles4Souls and the 2009 Barefoot Week in order to help spread their mission to ‘Change the world one pair at a time’ “. Her former judge and fellow shoe drive supporter Randy Jackson encourages “everyone to donate as many shoes as possible.”
“You don’t have to be a singer to have soul!”, fellow celebrity backer Nick Lachey exclaims. Blogosphere magnate Perez Hilton echoed that same tone by drawing upon a phrase from The Killers anthem “All These Things That I’ve Done”. He noted that “I’ve got sole but I’m not a soldier. However, with Soles4Souls I am helping to fight the war against poverty in my own small way by giving to those in need.”
Actress Scarlett Johansson stresses that a large bank account is not a requisite for to aiding the less fortunate. “If you can’t dig deep in your pockets, then dig in your closet!” She continues, “Americans can make a huge difference with Soles4Souls by donating shoes”.
Other famous sponsors for Barefoot Week 2009 include Lance Bass, Brittany Snow, Elizabeth Banks, NBA player Antawn Jamison and the Rev Run DMC.