With every pair of their shoes that you purchase, TOMS Shoes gives a pair of new shoes to a child in need. Pretty cool, right? Their One for One program has given over one million pairs of shoes to children in need through their partners around the world. That’s amazing.
TOMS’ founder Blake Mycoskie found during travel to Argentina in 2006 that children there had no shoes. 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. 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 customers. Now 10,000 has grown to 1,000,000 pairs in just 4 years. Amazing progress and great program. If you are looking for a new pair shoes, you may want to check out TOMS Shoes even if only to see what they are doing for needy kids around the world.
And if you are interested in participating, TOMS also does a “Day Without Shoes” each year, which raises awareness of the impact a pair of shoes can have on a child’s life. Over 250,000 people went without shoes in 2010 and more than that is expected on the next event, which is on April 5, 2011.