Thursday, June 4, 2009

The Cause - TOMS - Everyone Needs Shoes

So, have you seen the commercial? Have you heard of TOMS shoes and the One-for-One movement? It is pretty awesome stuff! Almost daily, when I get frustrated by running out of a grocery item or by an appliance or car breaking down, I try to keep things in perspective by reminding myself of the realities of others all over the planet. The truth is that I am beyond blessed, I am wealthy compared to the masses. When my son complains that he doesn't want to eat what is on his plate I try and remind him also, "Sweetie, there are children all over the world and even in our own town who haven't had one bite to eat this week. Feel thankful and pray for those who have no hope." But honestly, does it make any difference in the world when all we are is mindful of others? The difference is made when we take initiative and do something for others. That is what Blake, the founder of TOMS, did. Click here to read his moving story and become part of the cause. Find out how you can give a pair of shoes to a child in need by purchasing a pair of shoes for yourself or someone you love.

I personally think the kid's shoe are adorable! As a family we are committing to save all of our spare change this summer. When fall clothes shopping comes around, our children will each get to choose a pair of TOMS to wear as a reminder throughout the season.

What's even cooler? My dad and I are working on a partnership between TOMS and our church. Wouldn't it be awesome if all 7000 of our members gave a pair of shoes to a child in need?! Woo hoo!

What are you gonna do?