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Jax Daily Record Friday, Jul. 14, 201708:22 AM EST

Soles4souls takes over Dignity U Wear

Nashville nonprofit taking all of Jacksonville’s charity’s assets.

Jacksonville apparel charity Dignity U Wear has become part of Soles4souls, with the Nashville, Tennessee-based nonprofit acquiring all of Dignity U Wear’s clothing inventory and assets.

A news release Thursday said Dignity U Wear had grown beyond the resources of a small agency and that Soles4Souls has the global infrastructure for product collection, warehousing and distribution to expand Dignity U Wear’s mission.

“By joining forces, Soles4Souls will be able to leverage the Dignity U Wear apparel inventory to help hundreds of thousands around the world,” said Buddy Teaster, Soles4Souls president and CEO.

“At the same time, the Dignity U Wear network will allow Soles4Souls to significantly expand its domestic distribution of free clothes,” he said.

Founded in 2000 by Holocaust survivor Henri Landwirth, Dignity U Wear provides free new clothing to those in need and has helped 1.3 million through its distribution network.

Soles4Souls provides short-term economic relief for families and gives new shoes and clothing to millions of people annually through more than 1,000 partner organizations in the U.S. and around the world. It was founded in 2006.

The release said Soles4Souls also creates long-term solutions to global poverty through micro-enterprise operations focused in sub-Saharan Africa, Moldova, Haiti and Honduras.

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