Monday, April 4, 2011

One day without shoes

I checked out TOMS shoes for the first time a few weeks back when I was shopping for some new flip flops. (Yep, the dog chewed up my last pair!)  I had read about the company and seen some ads that explained that they donate one pair of new shoes to needy kids in developing countries for each pair that they sell.  I just learned that they have partnered with one of my favorite organizations, Compassion International, committing to provide 33,000 pair of shoes to kids that Compassion is serving in Ethiopia and the Philippines. 

TOMS tells us:
  • 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.

Check out this video  . . .

How about joining us in bringing awareness to an easily-remedied problem bringing grief to so many people?

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