Just over 210 pairs of new and used shoes were collected during a Christmas shoe drive in December held by Newport Beach-based Johnson Attorneys Group. On Tuesday, the law firm filled a large pickup truck stuffed with everything from sparkling high heels to flip flops and hiking boots and drove it to the Soles4Souls warehouse in Fullerton.
Soles4Souls is a global organization that has distributed some 26 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries since its founding in 2006. The company doesn’t just hand out new shoes to poor people, but it sells used shoes to small businesses in very poor countries to help them make a living and uses the money they pay for them to buy the new shoes for the poorest of the poor.
Attorney James Johnson says that even small things done in the community can make a difference in people’s lives. Mother Theresa is famous for saying, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
Indeed that is what Mr. Johnson has been doing over the past decade since he started his personal injury law firm. He and his staff have been regular volunteers at the Second Harvest Food Bank, the Someone Cares Soup Kitchen and a sponsor of Walk Like MADD for Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Last year, the law firm added Soles4Souls to its list of charities because he liked what they were doing and to date his law firm staff have collected 510 pairs of shoes for this worthy cause.
“We may not be able to walk in the shoes of the less fortunate, but at least we can take steps to do something positive and get shoes on their feet,” Johnson said.
Johnson Attorneys Group
Johnson Attorneys Group is a personal injury and lemon law firm serving clients throughout California. Attorney James Johnson, founder of the law firm, is a trial lawyer and member of the California Bar Association who has recovered millions in settlements and verdicts on behalf of deserving clients. He is committed to regular community service and outreach. Our law firm has headquarters in Newport Beach, California with offices and meeting locations from San Diego to San Francisco. Visit us at www.jaglegal.com for more information.
Soles4Souls is a not for profit global social enterprise committed to fighting poverty through the collection and distribution of shoes and clothing. The organization advances its anti-poverty mission by collecting new and used shoes and clothes from individuals, schools, faith-based institutions, civic organizations and corporate partners, then distributing those shoes and clothes both via direct donations to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities. Since it began, Soles4Souls has distributed more than 26 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Soles4Souls is committed to the highest standards of operating and governance. Please visit www.soles4souls.org for more information.
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