One for One
TOMS Shoes was founded on a simple premise: With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One. Using the purchasing power of individuals to benefit the greater good is what we’re all about.
In 2006 an American traveler, Blake Mycoskie, befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS Shoes, 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. Blake returned to Argentina with a group of family, friends and staff later that year with 10,000 pairs of shoes made possible by caring TOMS customers.
Since our beginning, TOMS has given over 400,000 pairs of shoes to children in need through the One for One model.
Our ongoing community events and Shoe Drop Tours allow TOMS supporters and enthusiasts to be part of our One for One movement. Join us.
Most children in developing countries grow up barefoot. Whether at play, doing chores or just getting around, these children are at risk.
Walking is often the primary mode of transportation in developing countries. Children can walk for miles to get food, water, shelter and medical help. Wearing shoes literally enables them to walk distances that aren’t possible barefoot.
Wearing shoes prevents feet from getting cuts and sores on unsafe roads and from contaminated soil. Not only are these injuries painful, they also are dangerous when wounds become infected. The leading cause of disease in developing countries is soil-transmitted parasites which penetrate the skin through open sores. Wearing shoes can prevent this and the risk of amputation.
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.
There is one simple solution…SHOES.
Of the planet’s six billion people, four billion live in conditions inconceivable to many. Lets take a step towards a better tomorrow.
Style Your Sole Party
The Style Your Sole Party is community-wide service event we”re planning for this semester. O’More along with SGA is partnering with TOMS Shoes to host a Style Your Sole Party. There are several kinds of TOMS specifically meant to be customized and at Style Your Sole you can paint, draw, and sew all over your pair of TOMS! Basically, it’s a fun, creative way to give back. We are asking that everyone purchase their TOMS here: http://merissatomlinson.com/online_form/form.html The person who recruits the most people to purchase TOMS for the event will receive their TOMS FREE. (just be sure to order your TOMS and if you are the winner, you will be refunded.)
Date: March, 27, 2010
Place: O’More’s back lawn
Price for TOMS: Adults $44 + $3.75 for shipping
Children $38 + $3.75 for shipping