Charity supporting affected workers
Many shoemakers in the USA have found themselves out of work and needing help.
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US-based footwear industry charity Two Ten Foundation has announced that it is receiving ten times the number of applications for emergency financial assistance than would normally be expected. This is a result of shoemakers finding themselves out of work, furloughed or experiencing a dramatic decrease in household income due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
The organisation was established in 1939 in the wake of the Great Depression to take care of footwear sector employees in the USA. It was conceived when a group of workers collected a few dollars together to help a colleague and his family avoid eviction from their Boston apartment.
According to the Two Ten Foundation, a number of companies are supporting the drive to raise money for the charity’s COVID-19 Crisis Relief Fund by donating footwear that can be sold, launching limited edition products and pledging a portion of their proceeds from online sales. Help is being offered to all affected personnel who have been working in the US footwear industry part-time, full-time or on a temporary basis for at least one year.
This article was originally published on page 2 of the June 2020 issue of SATRA Bulletin.