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Simple Compassion – Toms Shoes

Image: TOMS Ballet Flats (TOMS.com)

Can a person make a difference?  Absolutely!  We see it all the time. But we don’t always see this.

What about creating a for-profit business to support a charity idea?  Something that relies on retail and sales instead of donations and uses that money for good.

TOMS Shoes and Eyewear does that!

I found TOMS shoes a few years ago when we were shopping for a pair of shoes for my husband.  I thought they were super cute even before I read about their company.  After I heard about what they were doing I really loved them.

…to be honest, I don’t own a pair of TOMS shoes.  I haven’t purchased a pair of shoes in about 2 years because I haven’t needed to and I have been trying to cut down my closet.  However, I hope to someday own a pair, I still think they are an awesome company, and I wanted to share them with you.

So here is the deal.  This guy Blake Mycoskie went on a trip to Argentina where he saw “extreme poverty and health conditions, as well as children walking without shoes.”  So he came back to the US and started a shoe company that donates a pair of shoes for every pair sold.  They call the idea ‘One-for-One’ and it is simply that.  One pair of shoes sold = one pair of shoes donated.


(here is the link if you are reading RSS)

Then they went farther and did eye glasses too.  Now for every pair of eye glasses sold 1 person gets sight (through prescription glasses, eye surgery, or medical treatment).

(here is the link if you are reading RSS)

Isn’t that cool?!?

So if you need a pair of shoes check out their website.

If you don’t (like me) and are trying to cut down on the things you own:

Do you own TOMS shoes or eyewear? (if you are reading RSS join us in the comments)

*There are never any affiliate links in my Simple Compassion posts.  (You could buy $1000 dollars worth of shoes and I don’t get a dime).

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