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Santa Clarita teams with Sole4Souls to collect shoes for needy

The city of Santa Clarita is teaming up with the charitable organization Soles4Souls to collect shoes that will be distributed to needy people locally, regionally and internationally, city officials said.

Beginning Thursday, people are invited to donate new or gently worn footwear to the collection effort. The recycled shoes will be "given a second chance at life" when distributed at home and in developing nations such as Haiti, Honduras and Tanzania, city officials said.

With the help of local partners such as Santa Clarita, Soles4Souls has distributed more than 19 million pairs of shoes around the world, where one in four adults live in extreme poverty and lack basic necessities such as footwear, according to information published about shoe collection drive.

"We have always been proud to say we do our part to keep footwear out of landfills and hopefully put them on the feet of someone in need," Buddy Teaster, chief executive of Soles4Souls, said in a statement.

The footwear can be dropped off at designated sites in Santa Clarita:

--Santa Clarita City Hall, 23920 Valencia Boulevard

--Santa Clarita Activities Center, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway

--Canyon Country Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road

--Old Town Newhall Library, 24500 Main Street

--Valencia Library, 23743 Valencia Boulevard

The shoe collection is scheduled to end on Jan. 31, 2013, city officials said.

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