One Day Without Shoes

The impact of a pair of shoes has on a child can be life-changing. Raise awareness on April 16. Go barefoot!


The Facts:
* Fact #1: In some developing nations, children must walk for miles to food, clean water and to seek medical help.
* Fact #2: Cuts and sores on feet can lead to serious infection.
* Fact #3: Often, children cannot attend school barefoot.
* Fact #4: In Ethiopia, approximately one million people are suffering from Podoconiosis, a debilitating and disfiguring disease caused by walking barefoot in volcanic soil.
* Fact #5: Podoconiosis is 100% preventable by wearing shoes.\

Podoconiosis is disease caused by foreign objects that block the body’s lymphatic system (a network of channels, lymph nodes, and organs that helps maintain proper fluid levels in the body), such as parasitic worms or silica dust absorbed through the feet. This blockage causes fluids to collect in the tissues, which can lead to great swelling.


What you can do:
*On April 16th, go barefoot on the way to the water cooler, walking to the mailbox, in an afternoon meeting or on your lunch break; go barefoot for the entire day or long enough to raise awareness.
*Buy TOMS Shoes to support our cause. For every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of shoes to a child in need. One for One. Visit to purchase your pair.
*Share the TOMS mission, and how our One for One movement is changing the lives of children in need.

I know, we all work in places that have required standards of dress – most of them include shoes. But I encourage you to find a span of time (maybe an hour or two) to go shoeless – just long enough for someone to say “Oh my gosh! Where are your shoes??” so you can tell them about TOMS. Even with my strict school dress code, I have conceived a plan to go shoeless.

So, go ahead and get your feet ready for spring – trim up, lotion up, and pick a bright color (ladies) – and lets tell the world about One for One!

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