Monday, April 4, 2011

Captivated by a guy named Tom . . . or is it Blake Mycoskie?

                  Can you imagine seeing the smile on 10,000 shoeless children's faces when you bring them shoes? I'm guessing that would be pretty energizing food for your soul, don't you? When I was trying to find ways to help our rainforests, I stumbled upon the story of  Blake Mycoskie  of TOMS Shoes.

                             In 2006, he 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. What is really even more inspiring is that all employees are required to participate in a shoe drop. They get to see the amazing looks on childrens faces when they give them a pair of shoes! Wow, that must really make your liver smile! And, on April 5,  you can join their day without shoes  event!

                                                            Can you imagine how we could help those that are suffering from diseases, hunger and homelessness if every business adopted the one for one philosophy that founded TOMS Shoes? I have started to entertain the thought of doing this with my JILLY jellybug business. I partner with African Rainforest Conservancy (ARC) and through ARC's parnerhsip with TFCG, over 200 primary and secondary schools now have environmental education as part of their core. I have asked ARC if a one to one for the JILLY jellybug shirts would help to provide clothing to Eastern Arc children. Buy a shirt, give a shirt to a child in need.

                              That would definitely be soul kandie!

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