I've been wanting to invest in a pair of TOMS for a while now but just didn't get around to it. But this past weekend after attending the Willow Creek Summit and hearing Chief Shoe Giver Blake Mycoskie speak, I knew I had to go snag me a pair immediately! I am now absolutely sold on TOMS and their mission! Basically, they have what's called a One for One business model. That means for every pair of shoes you buy, they donate a pair of shoes to a child in need! Say what...shut your mouth!!! LOL! Yes, it's absolutely true! In fact, this September, TOMS is on schedule to deliver their ONE MILLIONTH pair of donated shoes. That is ONE MILLION CHILDREN in the United States and developing countries who are in need. Now that is corporate responsibility at an entirely different level! There's so much about TOMS that I could share with you because I love what they are doing. In fact, I love what they are doing so much, that I am seriously considering purchasing only TOMS shoes. No other shoe in my closet can do what this shoes does.....offer hope to a child and their family. When you ask founder Blake Mycoskie what's so important about shoes, he'll tell you:
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.
TWO PAIRS OF SHOES FOR THE PRICE OF ONE!
One pair for you and the other pair for a child in need.
But in the words of my grandmother, "I can show you better than I can tell you!" With that said take a look at the video footage here to see how TOMS is making a difference and why they do what they do:
So in 2011, here's one of my stretch goals.....One Day Without Shoes. I wonder if my church family might participate with me? What do you think? What about you?
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