Could you imagine life without shoes? Could you imagine being exposed to and contracting soil-transmitted diseases simply because you didn’t have shoes? Could you imagine suffering from painful cuts and sores on your feet because you didn’t have shoes? Could you imagine not being able to attend class because you didn’t have shoes? Neither could I; however, for many children in developing countries, this is reality.
In 2006, Blake Mycoskie traveled to Argentina and found that many children didn’t own shoes to protect their feet, something that many of us may take for granted. Shortly after, he created TOMS Shoes and promised that for every pair of shoes purchased, one pair of new shoes would be given to a child in need. This began the company’s One for One movement.
I stumbled across the company’s website and felt instantly inspired by the cause. No child should be denied the right to attend school because they can’t afford a pair of shoes and no child should be exposed to dangerous diseases because they can’t afford shoes to protect their feet. While we own many pairs of shoes, these children have none and dream of having just one pair. It’s our job to help.
TOMS Shoes offers a variety of stylish shoes for men, women, and children, all at affordable prices. I urge everyone to join the cause and help out a child in need; I know that I certainly will.
Now, I’m sure you’re thinking to yourself: “What are we taking off?”
Last year, TOMS Shoes began their One Day Without Shoes campaign. Remember that day last Spring when people were walking around barefoot? Yeah, this is what that was all about. The campaign began to raise awareness of the cause and coincidentally, TOMS Shoes had given over one million pairs of shoes to children in need by September 2010!
This year, the One Day Without Shoes campaign is back on and occurring on April 5, 2011. So, go ahead! Take those shoes off and raise awareness for the cause, spread the word about TOMS Shoes and help give children a pair of shoes!
Check out TOMS and their movement at www.toms.com