Monday, May 4, 2009
Help To Get A Child A Pair Of Shoes
was founded on a simple premise: For every pair purchased, TOMS will give a pair of shoes to a child in need. One for One. TOMSshoes.com
In 2006 an American traveler, Blake Mycoskie, befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created a company that would match every pair of shoes sold with a pair given to a child in need. Blake later returned to Argentina and gave 10,000 pairs of shoes... What made it happen? It was the generosity of TOMS customers and supporters.. This year TOMS plans to give over 300,000 pairs of shoes to children... OVER 300,000 Pairs...
In many developing countries many children go without shoes... Here in America it's hard to understand that...Can you imagine walking down an alley barefoot and cutting yourself and opening your poor foot to all kinds of horrible bacterias and infections? Many children live with that possibility everyday and in many developing countries there is limited access to the medication they would need to combat an infection.
Wearing shoes prevents feet from getting cuts and sores. It prevents them from exposing their feet to contaminated soil and rugged terrain. The leading cause of disease in developing countries is soil transmitted parasites which penetrate the skin through open sores. Wearing shoes can prevent this and the risk of amputation.
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.
There are many areas you can get involved with TOMS shoes. From interning, to becoming a campus rep, Join a Vagabond Tour to help and develop relationships, or you can buy a pair of TOMS Shoes
and know that you just gave a new pair of shoes to a child in need.
For every pair of shoes purchased, TOMS will give a pair of shoes to a child in need. One for One.. Much of the information for this article was taken from www.tomsshoes.com