Sole to Soul, 535 South State Street, Clarks Summit, in celebration of its 10-year anniversary, teamed with Yaleet Inc., distributors of Naot Footwear, to donate $10,000 worth of shoes to the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) in Scranton April 12.
The shoe store, according to owners Dorothy and Sean O’Connor, “has provided the residents of Clarks Summit and the surrounding area with quality footwear since it opened 10 years ago.”
The O’Connors, who are active members of the community, said they enjoy any opportunity to support it.
The donation to Women’s Resource Center included 100 pairs of Naot shoes and sandals.
The organization provides temporary housing for abused and battered women and children.
Dorothy O’Connor said Sole to Soul has made many donations to Women’s Resource Center in the past, and she enjoys helping the organization help people who are in need.
“I’ve seen what some of them go through,” she said, “and how they need help when they come out of somewhere with nothing but the clothes on their back. I can’t imagine being in their position. I’ve been extremely fortunate.”
According to a Sole to Soul news release, Naot also has a history of helping people.
“Since 1991,” the release stated, “Yaleet Inc. and Naot have been donating shoes to people in need with the help of their generous retailers. Women’s shelters, hurricane victims, homeless shelters and drug rehabilitation facilities are an example the types of charities that have benefited from this program. In addition, each year Yaleet Inc. makes generous contributions to the fight against breast cancer.”
In the near future, Sole to Sole is planning to host a Naot Trunk Show, showcasing many Naot styles not normally available in the store.
O’Connor said she thanks her customers for their 10 years of support so far, and added another way the store is displaying that gratitude is with a 10 percent off sale throughout the entire store during the month of April.