I went to the TOMS shoes documentary screening on campus the other day. I honestly went there because I heard you could win a free pair of TOMS shoes, but after watching the documentary, I took something from it. For those who don’t know, for every pair of shoes bought from TOMS, they give a pair to a child in need. One for one. I mean, I always knew there were people around the world who were poor, and couldn’t afford things like large quantities of food, or have clean water, but having no shoes wasn’t even something that crossed my mind. Children grow-up barefoot, and many never receive their first pair until adulthood. This means whether they are playing or walking to school, they are at risk of injury or diseases. By receiving shoes, these kids can prevent these problems, and remain healthy. Healthier children are more likely to be successful students, which in long-term, can improve the future of their communities. I think that’s great, and it is a new take on helping people in need. Thanks Bethel Bookstore for putting together the documentary screening!
The people who started TOMS are pretty inspiring, and hopefully I could do something like that for others. I’ll be brainstorming, but I’ll let you know if i think of anything!
Oh, and the free pair of shoes? I didn’t win. . . I invited Lauren to come watch the documentary, and she actually ended up winning! I’m not jealous, but come on Lauren, at least give me ONE of the shoes!
If you’re interested in more info on TOMS, here’s the website: http://www.toms.com/our-movement/