ONE SHOE AT A TIME

By now most of you have pry seen Toms roaming around a campus near you or at least heard of them. However, if you haven’t or haven’t heard much about them and their mission, here is a breakdown of what they are all about. Toms was started in 2006 by a single man, Blake Mycoskie. While abroad in Argentina Blake came across a common occurrence, children without shoes in unbearable conditions. After returning to the US Blake decided to make a difference and Toms Shoes was born. Their motto: One for One. The company would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. Within his first months, Blake had returned to Argentina to deliver 10,000 shoes!

Within just a few years Blake and the team at Toms have now donated over one million pairs of shoes worldwide! Locations include Argentina, Haiti, Zambia, China, United States and many more.

Recently Blake and the Toms family have began a new quest, vision! Along side the shoes and one for one motto, Toms is now giving sight! I know that sounds crazy, but their doing it. With every pair of eyewear that’s purchased, they provide treatment for vision impairment.

Blindness and visual impairment is the seventh-largest health disability in the world. But in most cases it can be prevented or treated. In fact, available solutions, including medical treatment, prescription eyeglasses or a 15-minute cataract surgery, could impact 80% of people afflicted with vision impairment and blindness.

With help from Toms, people in poverty that are faulted by this illness can now go back to work or school and continue with day to day life and help their families escape from poverty realms.

The Toms movement can be seen nationwide through campuses and a worldwide event, A Day Without Shoes, help every spring. For more on Toms shoes please visit the website: http://www.toms.com/

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