Planning on wearing shoes tomorrow?

In Awareness, Videos on April 4, 2011 by The Spillover

If so, TOMS Shoes and Compassion International challenge you to reconsider.

You may know of the story of TOMS shoes. For each pair of shoes purchased from them, they give a pair to a person in need of shoes. Why shoes? Funny you should ask.

  • 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.
  • For more information, click here.

All these people need is shoes. How many pairs do you have? I have a collection for all different occasions.

As the body of Christ, we can shine God’s light by bringing awareness to situations like this. You might not be able to fly to Africa tomorrow and personally hand out shoes to needy children. You can, however, go without shoes tomorrow to raise awareness for those same children.

Seems like it’s catching on, eh?

If you’re up for it, give it a shot. And next time you’re in the market for some new shoes, check out TOMS.

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