Most children in developing countries grow up barefoot. Whether at play, doing chores or just getting around, these children are at risk.
Walking is often the primary mode of transportation in developing countries. Children can walk for miles to get food, water, shelter and medical help. Wearing shoes literally enables them to walk distances that aren’t possible barefoot.
Wearing shoes prevents feet from getting cuts and sores on unsafe roads and from contaminated soil. Not only are these injuries painful, they also are dangerous when wounds become infected. The leading cause of disease in developing countries is soil-transmitted parasites which penetrate the skin through open sores. Wearing shoes can prevent this and the risk of amputation.
Many times children can’t attend school barefoot because shoes are a required part of their uniform. If they don’t have shoes, they don’t go to school. If they don’t receive an education, they don’t have the opportunity to realize their potential.
There is one simple solution…SHOES. TOMS donates one pair for every pair purchased!
Choosing shoes is a statement against the same old presents and demands our gifts work harder. Choosing TOMS shoes isn’t just the practical and affordable choice, it is the choice that captures the holiday spirit. It is the gift that gives, and gives again to brighten the holidays for others as well. And isn’t that what the holidays are about after all? Perfect for gifts college students, and also babies/toddlers who really don’t need toys (just ordered a cute pair for Eislen!).
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