Have you heard of Tom's Shoes? You can see their store here: http://www.toms.com/ The way it works is this: You go to their website and buy a pair of shoes; a pair is donated to someone in need as a result of your purchase. It's that simple.
Click the link below to watch their video: One Day Without Shoes www.onedaywithoutshoes.com
Here's a quote from their "our movement" page within the website above: "In 2006, American traveler Blake Mycoskie befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS Shoes, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One…Many children in developing countries grow up barefoot. Whether at play, doing chores or going to school, these children are at risk:
•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."
Today is a very special day for Tom's Shoes. It's their "One day without shoes challenge." That's right, today, April 5, 2011, they are challenging everyone to go one whole day without shoes! They have a website for this as well found here: http://www.onedaywithoutshoes.com/
Are you up for the challenge? J