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Spreading the word for a good cause (with TOMS shoes)

Spreading the word for a good cause (with TOMS shoes)

We take shoes for granted. But really, they are important in our everyday lives. Unless we’re at the beach or at home, it’s a necessity that we wear shoes to be socially accepted - we may even be rejected at the door of some restaurants if we did not arrive with our shoes on (I don’t know why you would do that anyway). More importantly, shoes help us maintain good hygiene and even help prevent diseases, such as podoconiosis, which causes swelling of the feet and legs due to prolonged exposure to irritant soil.

BUT, what if on just one day (let’s say April 5th) you did not partake in this whole “shoe-wearing” thing? What do you think would happen? I know the answer…people would either look at you funny, or, ask questions. And then that’s when you respond with…

“I am raising awareness of the lack of footwear for children worldwide and the impact it may have on them. Here, stranger, check out onedaywithoutshoes.com, created by TOM’s shoes.”

TOM’s Shoes is a company founded by Blake Mycoskie. As Blake was traveling through Argentina in 2006, he found many children did not own a pair of shoes to protect their feet. Naturally, he wanted to help and his company was born. The idea behind it: For every pair of shoes purchased, a pair of new shoes will be given to a child in need.

On April 5th, it will be the 4th annual One Day Without Shoes. You can participate in any way you like; by going barefoot all day, going barefoot for part of the day, by hosting a barefoot event/walk or even attending an already scheduled event in your area. Whether you run to Walgreens barefoot or go to the park, you’ll be supporting ones in need - plus it could feel very liberating.

Mar 04, 2011
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