Thursday, January 28, 2010

TOMS Shoes: A vegan cause in a time of major suffering

It seems so absurd that people in other countries have to suffer in the manner they do.  We have enough resources on the planet to solve all of these problems.  Life's current model can really feel antiquated at times.  I have been trying to find a way to make a small positive impact in peoples lives all my life in subtle ways.  I think of the current struggle in Haiti with the earthquake and how horrible it must be there.  As if that country needed a major catastrophic earthquake to deal with.  This situation along with countless other individuals who suffer needlessly on our planet burns at me.  People ask me all the time what they can do to help?  Enter TOMS Shoes.

TOMS Shoes was imagined and created by Blake Mycoskie in May of 2006.  He took a trip to Argentina and quickly noticed that many of the children walking around did so barefoot.  To make a long story short, he created TOMS Shoes under the preface that for every pair of shoes he sold, he would donate one pair of shoes to a child in need.  One for One.  The twist?  Not only do they donate 'One for One', but they travel to the countries and physically put the pair of shoes right on the child's feet.  I am really moved by that.  This type of human interaction WILL make tomorrow a better day.

I encourage you to look into TOMS Shoes if you want a place to start taking small, philanthropic steps (no pun intended).  These shoes are all the rage right now in L.A., and there are major name brands teaming up with TOMS to co-brand under the 'One for One' philosophy.  They are great looking, comfortable shoes.  Most importantly, you give a child a gift they will use immediately.  Disclaimer--if you click on the TOMS Shoes banner link above or below and make a purchase I will be compensated because I am an affiliate.  My pledge is to donate a portion of the proceeds to the victims in Haiti.  This is a two for one type of child receives a new pair of shoes and someone else gets supplies/food/etc.
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