Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Going barefoot to help save the world!

If you don't know about or have never heard of TOMS Shoes I want to take this time to fill you in on this wonderful company and the very special day they've created.

For everyone who has followed our blog (big smooches and THANK YOU by the way!) you know how much I'm obsessed with shoes. Well, TOMS Shoes takes this love of mine to an entirely different realm. My obsession is now not so superficial as to how cute a shoe is but rather what the purchase of that shoe can do for the world. I know it sounds cliche and unattainable but that's what TOMS Shoes do everyday - they change lives all over the globe. For EVERY one pair of shoes you buy from TOMS they give a pair of shoes to those in need, those who can't afford shoes, and those who may never have owned a pair.

Thursday, April 8 is "One Day Without Shoes". Here's how they describe the day from the TOMS Shoes Web site: "One day without shoes is the day we spread awareness about the impact a simple pair of shoes can have on a child's life. On April 8th we ask people to go the day, part of the day, or even just a few minutes barefoot to experience a life without shoes first hand and inspire others at the same time."

Also, their Web site states THE FACTS:
  • In some developing nations children must walk miles to school, clean water, and medical help.
  • Cuts and sores on feet can lead to serious infection.
  • Often, children cannot attend school barefoot.
  • In Ethiopia, approximately one million people are suffering from Podoconiosis, a debilitating and disfiguring caused by walking barefoot in volcanic soil..
  • Podoconiosis is 100% preventable with basic foot hygiene and wearing shoes.

So join us tomorrow in chucking those heels for a day, part of a day, or a few minutes. Also check out TOMS Shoes to see, in depth, how they are helping change our world one child at a time.

Until Then: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has" ~ Margaret Mead

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