TOMS shoes

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I am a sucker for a good cause. Whenever there is a product or company that uses their sales to help others, I am there. I love buying things that give back!

TOMS is one of those companies. I’m sure you may have heard about TOMS. If not, it’s about time you did! It is a fast growing company that has gained popularity quickly over the last few years. I first heard about TOMS in the summer of 2010. I was working at a camp in Michigan and noticed some of the other workers wearing these simple, flat TOMS shoes. At first, I just thought it was one of those hipster things that I probably wouldn’t be a part of.

“TOMS has given more than 35 million pairs of new shoes to children in need.”

                             (quote taken from TOMS.com)

I forgot all about them for a few months until I noticed them popping up all around my college campus. I just had to check it out. I went to TOMS.com and immediately fell in love. Not only were the shoes just the most simple, trendy fashion statement, but they also gave back in a huge way!

“Our Giving Partners provide health, education, and community development programs to help improve the future of children, their families, and communities in need.”

(quote taken from TOMS.com)

One for One. That is the TOMS motto. When you purchase a pair of TOMS shoes, they give a brand new pair to a child in need. One for One. So instead of buying just one pair of shoes, I was buying two! And giving one away! I can’t explain the feeling I got when I purchased my very first pair…my grey classics. I remember finishing with the purchase and seeing “You helped one person in need.” I felt good! I felt happy! I couldn’t wait to buy another pair!

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I think there is this desire in a lot of people to help others in need, but sometimes we just don’t know how. TOMS makes giving back easy. Since my first purchase, TOMS has come out with tons of new styles and designs. They still have the shoe that started the movement, the classics. But now they have boots, wedge heels, sandals, and lots more. They even have shoes for babies and kids! And with every pair you purchase, you have the privilege of providing a child in need with a pair of shoes. What an incredible opportunity!

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You should definitely check out TOMS.com and see how much they have expanded their giving. They have sunglasses, coffee, bags, and a whole marketplace full of products that give back. Some other time I will most definitely have to highlight some of those items. Check out their stories too! The website is full of posts about where they give and who they give to. It is an incredible company that I just love being able to support and represent. I hope you will love TOMS as much as I do!

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What are some ways that you help out others in need? Is there a company that you love that gives through their sales? How have you given back?