300 million children worldwide don’t own a pair of shoes.
A billion children in the world live in poverty (nearly half of all children).
13 million children in the U.S. live below the poverty line.
It’s staggering to think about, considering the luxury I live in and still complain. There are kids who can’t even afford a single pair of shoes. There are so many ways to help. TOMS shoes are an easy, direct way to answer a specific need.
As their website explains, whenever someone buys a pair of TOMS for themselves, they donate and deliver a pair to a child in poverty. Their goal is to give 200,000 pairs of shoes to children in 2008. The shoes cost $42 dollars, but that pays for both pairs and shipping. I urge everyone to at least check out the website.
Tigers for TOMS is having a Style Your Sole event at the University of MO this afternoon, Friday November 7th from 2-5 PM in Memorial Union S203 and S207. You can buy shoes and decorate them, or just find out more about TOMS. If you’re in Columbia, please stop by.
We are so blessed, and there is so much need in the world. Let’s step up and do something about it.