One Day Without Shoes.

27 Mar
Feet of poor Vietnamese girl. I took this picture.

Image via Wikipedia

Toms is an online shoe design company dedicated to the distribution of shoes to the shoeless poor around the world. You can thank the delightfully enthusiastic and adorable Mitchell Davis for reminding be of Toms up incoming event on April 8th

One for One

TOMS Shoes was founded on a simple premise: With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One. Using the purchasing power of individuals to benefit the greater good is what we’re all about. The TOMS One for One business model transforms our customers into benefactors, which allows us to grow a truly sustainable business rather than depending on fundraising for support.

Why shoes?

Many children in developing countries grow up barefoot. Whether at play, doing chores or going to school, these children are at risk:

  • A leading cause of disease in developing countries is soil-transmitted diseases, which can penetrate the skin through bare feet. Wearing shoes can help prevent these diseases, and the long-term physical and cognitive harm they cause.
  • Wearing shoes also prevents feet from getting cuts and sores. Not only are these injuries painful, they also are dangerous when wounds become infected.
  • Many times children can’t attend school barefoot because shoes are a required part of their uniform. If they don’t have shoes, they don’t go to school. If they don’t receive an education, they don’t have the opportunity to realize their potential.

So woot for Toms and woot for you. Because come April 8th, you’ll be shoeless. Wont you?

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