Skechers USA Inc. will donate more than 62,000 pairs of BOBS shoes to support children affected by the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal through charitable footwear donation program, the footwear maker said on Thursday.
The donation will add to the company’s 11 million-pairs distributed to children in need worldwide since the BOBS charitable program launched in 2011.
Working with donation partners K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers and Soles4Souls, more than 62,000 pairs of BOBS from SKECHERS donation shoes will be transported to Nepal to aid victims of the April 25 earthquake.
Working with donation partners K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers and Soles4Souls, the first delivery of more than 36,000 pairs is scheduled to arrive for May distribution. As more rubble is cleared and transitional housing is established for victims of the earthquake, an additional container of 26,000-plus pairs of BOBS will arrive in Nepal for distribution in August.
"BOBS was created as an ongoing program to help children in need around the world, but when a natural disaster strikes we need to step up even more to help families affected by these tragedies," began SKECHERS president Michael Greenberg. "With reports of more than 300,000 homes destroyed, 16,000 people injured and thousands of lives lost, we need to do our part to help the people of Nepal rebuild. The need for food, water and shelter is critical, but shoes to protect a child’s feet can offer a feeling of comfort and safety in the midst of a chaotic disaster zone. We are happy to work with our charitable partners K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers and Soles4Souls to transport BOBS shoes into Nepal, and we hope this donation will help thousands of children in need."
The BOBS donation in Nepal is Skechers’s latest contribution to help families affected by disaster. In addition to Typhoon Haiyan relief in the Philippines, the company’s previous donations have provided footwear for survivors of Hurricane Sandy in New York in 2012 and victims of the devastating Haiti earthquake in 2010. BOBS also regularly donates its product to more than 30 countries worldwide, from communities in need in the United States to families around the globe.