Billions of children can't afford something as simple as a pair of shoes. Without shoes, these children are prone to disease, can't travel to clinics or food, and can't get in to some schools. In 2006, Blake Mycoskie started TOMS Shoes, a movement to end this problem. His company matches every pair of shoes purchased someone purchases for their own use with a pair of shoes given to a child in need. The company has already given 150,000 children shoes, and hopes to give twice as many in the coming years.


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  • Shop TOMS.  You can buy the same shoes you would get elsewhere, but your purchases here will go to help a less privileged child.

  • Donate old shoes.  Just because they are no longer fashionable or comfortable for you doesn't mean that someone in need won't use them.

  • Start an old-shoe collection drive in your community.  Get people to clean out their closets of shoes they don't need anymore, and find a worthy local group that needs old shoes, like a homeless shelter or an orphanage.

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