Steve Van Doren, founder of Vans shoes, is out doing some goodwill by driving in a big truck in hurricane-devastated regions filled with 2,000 pairs of shoes, 3,000 shirts, 1,000 sandals, and socks, which he’s personally giving out in places like Houston and other relief centers set-up for Katrina survivors.
“Some people think they did there part to help out the needy by throwing in a few dollars at church or at a fundraiser, but I’m speaking for myself and want to get my hands dirty and personally see and hear from these victims of this Disaster,” Steve told us. “I was on this mission to do this soon as it happened.”
Meanwhile, Kevin Lyman, creator of the Vans Warped Tour and Taste of Chaos got the wheels spinning with a fresh idea that’s also going to make a significant impact: the launch of a silent online auction called “Unite the United” with one-of-kind collectibles from the art, fashion, and action sports worlds and top artists from rock and punk featured from his Warped and Chaos tours to benefit victims of hurricane Katrina.
At Label Networks, we’ve teamed up and are spreading the word through our network of thousands of young people across North America and globally about the online auction and ways young people ages 13-25 can donate through a private Unite the United charity pool where funds will be distributed to several local, grassroots charity organizations in the Gulf Coast region, including but not limited to, medical services, orphan assistance, rebuilding homes and caring for abandoned animals.
Go to www.unitetheunited.com for up-to-date information on the charity auction.