Did you know that in many developing countries, children must walk barefoot for miles to school, clean water and medical help. That means these children, hundreds of millions of children, are at risk of injury, infection and soil-transmitted disease that most can't afford to prevent and treat.
Tomorrow I'm wearing a new blue top and dark jeans. I don't have blue TOMS and I will be so upset if I can't get to the store after work to get my new TOMS. But, this gal doesn't feel one bit guilty. When I buy a new pair of TOMS, another brand new pair gets donated to a child.
TOMS (Shoes for a Better Tomorrow) started in 2006, American traveler Blake Mycoskie befriended children in a village in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One. With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need.
Let's consider this for a moment. It's not simply giving away a free pair of shoes one time. It's following those children and building sustainable partnerships that allow TOMS to give repeatedly as children grow.
Can you imagine what a better world this would be if we all took on the philosophy of TOMS. I'll have a hamburger, fries and a coke, but double that order. Then you find the nearest hungry person and give them food. New earrings, sure, buy two pair and find someone that you want to put a big smile on their face and give them the earrings as a gift. Fun part, give them to a stranger, along with a compliment.
Don't stop at a new pair of TOMS when you're in the giving mood. Continue it to the grocery store. Every time you go grocery shopping buy a few extra items of food and staples. Collect them. Make sure it's food you'll eat. Canned beets can only go so far. Soon you will know exactly why you've been collecting those items. Right in front of your face a person or group will pop up and wham your donations are ready to go.
It's more than Goodwill, it's more than new shoes, it's about a spirit of giving, follow up and community.
Let's make our own community a better place.