Friday, April 24, 2009

{One For One}

Wouldn't it be great if every time you bought something you were giving to someone in need in some way? Or supporting a cause you believe in? Or both? I think so. As a consumer I try to be responsible and shop wisely and with companies who support causes I am fond of.

TOMS really is the epitome of what giving is all about. They offer simple, classic, canvas/vegan shoes for wee little ones all the way to adults. For EVERY pair of shoes SOLD, a pair of shoes are GIVEN to a child in need. ONE FOR ONE.

It all started with Blake Mycoskie. He travelled to Argentina and befriended the children there. During his stay he realized they did not have any shoes to protect their feet. Blake wanted to help and that was the start of TOMS. Later that year, Blake, with friends, family & staff returned with 10,000 shoes to give. To date, TOMS has given 140,000 pairs of shoes to children in need.

While we think of shoes as a necessity, for most of the world they are actually a luxury. Most children in developing countries grow up barefoot. During all daily activities they are at risk because they are barefoot. They risk cutting and injuring their feet which can lead to disease and even amputation. "The leading cause of disease in developing countries is soil-transmitted parasites which penetrate the skin through open sores." Did you know that many children cannot even attend school without shoes? Denied education because of the lack of shoes. What a difference a pair of shoes could make.

Not only could you make a difference, but boy would you have cute feet in the process...

Check out these Tiny Toms for the little ones in your life....

Precious! And for $34 affordable too. Wouldn't they make a great & thoughtful gift? Buying shoes for one child gives a pair of shoes to another in need.

I have my eye on these...

Oh how my feet would be happy in these. Don't they just look so cozy? $44 is the cost to make my feet happy...not too shabby.

So go ahead, don't be shy. Head on over to TOMS and make your feet and a child's feet happy! 

Kacey R. 

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  1. I know! Isn't it the coolest idea? Why haven't there been news stories about him? I had to wait to see the telephone ad on tv before I even knew who he was! Great post, Kacey!


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