Sunday, February 20, 2011

One for One Movement

Photo Credit: TOMS Shoes

Sometimes you just want to run barefoot.  Maybe you're on a sandy beach or you're attending a grassy picnic.  But you have an advantage -- you can put your shoes back on after frolicking.  You don't have to worry about stepping on dangerous items or cracks.  You have shoes to protect your feet and your body, but many people do not.

TOMS Shoes was created in 2006 after an American traveler visited Argentina and saw that children there had no protection from soil-transmitted diseases and injuries obtained from walking and running barefoot.  In addition, many schools require shoes as part of the uniform, and children were unable to get an education.  At TOMS Shoes, every pair of new shoes purchased is matched and another pair is given to a child in need.  As of September 2010, TOMS Shoes has given over one million pairs of new shoes.  These shoes are not only stylish, but charitable as well.

You can make a difference without a purchase too.  April 5, 2011 is One Day Without Shoes, where you pledge to take off your shoes and go barefoot to raise awareness of the impact a pair of shoes can have on a person's life.  Sign up for updates, download the toolkit, and spread the word to change lives.

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