Sunday, November 06, 2011

(re)Introducing Soles4Souls

Dear Follow Eric readers,

There's an organization I'd like to introduce all of you. Well, it's a reintroduction of sorts. You may not have remember meeting them before a long time ago back in March. If you don't remember, that's alright. You may not have been a Follow Eric reader at that point or maybe just too busy to keep track. It's OK, I forgive you.

Let's start over.

Follow Eric readers, meet Soles4Souls. They are a Nashville-based charity that collects and distributes shoes around the world. Since starting in 2005, they have distributed over 16 million shoes.

I strongly support their mission of "Changing the World – One Pair at a Time®" and have donated and fundraised in the past to their cause.

So why am I bringing this up now?

Let's just say that it has everything to do with the next Blogathon.

That's right. It's time for another one.

But Eric, didn't we just finish the epic Road Trip Blogathon?

Yes, yes we did. And I'll continue to share bits and pieces of that trip over the next month but once the month is over I want you to be ready for the next event:

Blogathon for a Cause: Soles4Souls Shoe Drive

Saturday, December 3rd I'll be hosting an all-day Blogathon at one of my favorite cafes, Davinci's Coffeehouse. And by all day, I mean literally from when they open their doors for the morning rush at 6 a.m. until they kick us out at 9 at night. I'll be live blogging the whole day while accepting shoe and cash donations for Soles4Souls.

I would absolutely love it if you joined me at some point during the day.

Here's one thing that's in it for you: a discount on your Davinci's drink if you donate a pair of new or gently used shoes.

You're probably getting ready to clean out your closet to make room for all those Christmas presents anyway, so why not bring in that extra pair of boots you never wear and give them to someone in need? Instead of tossing out the sneakers your kids outgrew, donate them to children who can't afford any.

If that's not enough, I'll sweeten the deal: for each pair you donate, I'll enter you into a drawing for a $20 Davinci's gift card.

Sounding better? Here's the best part: I'm inviting some of my musician friends for an evening jam session starting at 5 p.m.

The lineup includes Raquel Carlson, Duncan Mathew and Corey Keller, as well as Ben Burleigh with some live poetry.

Oh, and me.

You better believe it's going to be a fun time so make plans to join us on Saturday, December 3rd and RSVP on the Facebook event page.

In the meantime, go clean out your closets and find some shoes to donate!

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