Toms:: what do you think of? trendy, fashionable, cute? I think of ministry opportunity.
In 2006, Blake Mycoskie created the brand Toms. After falling in love with the children from Argentina, he knew he had to find a way to help. For every pair of Toms purchased, a pair is given to a child in need.
Recently, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen have teamed up with Blake and are headed to Honduras. The limited edition Toms are made of Italian wool and Cashmere, for the winter. The collection is black, gray and plaid and range in price from $140-$150. More pricy than the traditional canvas toms, but each pair bought- a pair of the same go to a child in need from Honduras.
I absolutely love this ministry and if this is one way I can help, I’m in!
Blake’s reasons for creating his brand Toms::
•A leading cause of disease in developing countries is soil-transmitted diseases, which can penetrate the skin through bare feet. Wearing shoes can help prevent these diseases, and the long-term physical and cognitive harm they cause.
•Wearing shoes also prevents feet from getting cuts and sores. Not only are these injuries painful, they also are dangerous when wounds become infected.
•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.