“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’" Matthew 25:40Beautiful, isn't it? Wearing shoes isn't just a luxury that some of us around the world are blessed to enjoy. While food, water and shelter are most definitely necessities for life, I recently learned that shoes are also extremely important.
Have you ever heard of Podoconiosis (Podo)? "It's a debilitating disease that causes extreme swelling, repeated ulcers, and deformity in the feet and legs. Podo is 100% preventable with shoes!"
Have you seen this commercial on TV yet? Granted, it's an AT&T advertisement, but it makes me tear up just the same. This is a company that should definitely feel good about what they are doing. I'm happy to spread the word. :-)
Here's another great video:
Here's what Tom's websites says:
What we do
Since our beginning in May 2006, TOMS has given over 140,000* pairs of shoes to children in need through the purchases of caring customers. Because of your support, TOMS plans to give over 300,000 pairs of shoes to children in need around the world in 2009.
*As of April 2009
How we give
TOMS Shoes gives through trusted organizations and Shoe Drop Tours.
Caring charitable organizations help TOMS distribute shoes to the children they support through their existing programs. Along with legally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profits and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s), TOMS gives shoes year-round. We are able to reach more children through these trusted and established methods.
TOMS Shoes partners with Friends of TOMS, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that creates and coordinates avenues for further involvement in the TOMS One for One movement. This includes Shoe Drop Tour volunteer opportunities. Learn more at http://www.friendsoftoms.org/!
I read an interview with Blake in a magazine recently. In it, he shared that in addition to putting shoes on the feet of those who would otherwise go without, he desires to encourage others to be a positive change in our world. He shares his dreams and his stories (especially with college students) in order to inspire others to follow in his shoes. Awesome, eh?
I'm off to pray about ways that I can be the change. Today I am especially thankful to be LIVING A BLESSED LIFE!