Ten Ideas to Ensure Mom Has the Best Mother’s Day

a.k.a. How to knock mom’s TOMS shoes off with a stellar Mother’s Day. This post was written by TOMS friend and today’s guest blogger, Jessica Fiorillo of Feed Me Dearly (FYI she’s currently hosting a TOMS gift card giveaway). Mother’s Day is around the corner, making it fitting to discuss a few Mother’s Day strategies. Although an actual strategy may seem over-the-top, you can never be too prepared. Not long ago, my family of 5 made a last-minute effort to celebrate Mother’s Day and ended up at a fast food restaurant. I don’t mean to put down this global chain, but had…

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Get to Know Cate at Partners In Health, Haiti

While on our trip to Haiti, we met some incredible people on the adventure. Haitian locals and expats alike all had a strong affinity for the culture, country and helping improve the lives of themselves around them since the devastating earthquake in 2010. One of these wonderful people was Cate, the senior program officer in Haiti for TOMS Giving Partner, Partners In Health. Cate has been living in Haiti for the last eight years with PIH — and is currently working on their Ebola response in Liberia! In Haiti, she works on everything from earthquake disaster relief to TOMS shoe distributions….

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Maria’s Safe Water Story

“With a bathroom in our home, our lives have completely changed,” Maria Terrones shares with a shine in her eyes. With the help of Water For People, Maria and her family decided to build a bathroom in their home, and stop using a latrine. With the decision, comes not only a decision to improve their access to safe water, but also the opportunity to improve she and her family’s health and sanitation practices. The decision came after a 2012 visit from Water For People where Maria and her family learned of hygiene practices like proper hand washing, boiling water before…

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How You Can Help Nepal

Our hearts are heavy for those affected by Saturday’s devastating 7.8 earthquake in Nepal. The earthquake has already taken the lives of over 4,000 people, with the death toll expected to continue to rise. The destruction is overwhelming, as aftershocks continue to hinder aid efforts. Nepal is a country of deep significance to TOMS, where we’ve been helping restore sight since the launch of TOMS Eyewear in 2011. With our first Sight Giving Partner, Seva Foundation, we’ve developed strong relationships and personal ties to this beautiful country. We are relieved to confirm that our friends at Seva Nepal are all…

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Gaining Perspective on a TOMS Sight Giving Trip

A TOMS Giving Trip is a unique experience. We invite TOMS employees and community members to visit our Giving Partners for a week. Those travelers help distribute shoes and visit Sight Giving clinics to children in the communities our Partners serve. They also experience and learn about both the TOMS Giving models and the wider world of international development. And they’re full of incredible opportunity, as Ashley — a TOMS employee on our Social Innovation team — shares here… It was a hectic Saturday morning for the staff of Visualiza. Location identified, volunteers recruited and word spread. All that was…

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Giving Partner Interview with Coprodeli in Peru

Coprodeli is an amazing organization that provides education, housing, health care, food security, job training and more to families living in some of the most impoverished communities in Peru. In 2010, Coprodeli began giving TOMS Shoes in combination with their other services. We sat down with Coprodeli to talk about the difference being made by giving shoes to children in need. And here’s what they had to say: Tell us about your education program. We feel that education is so important, especially in Peru. Peru has one of the worst education systems in all of Latin America. Coprodeli has 16…

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Giving Trip Journal: Bill visits Coprodeli

A TOMS Giving Trip is a unique experience. We invite TOMS employees and community members to visit our Giving Partners for a week. Those travelers help distribute shoes to children in the communities our Partners serve. They also experience and learn about both the TOMS Giving models and the wider world of international development. And they’re hard work, as Bill — a TOMS employee in Wholesale — shares here… I have been selling shoes my entire adult life; first at retail, and now at wholesale. The net result is a few decades of building knowledge in this field, establishing industry…

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TOMS Supporters of the Month: Girl Scout Troop 3425

Each month, we highlight a different individual or group from our community, the #TOMStribe, to share their stories about how they give back to make a difference. This month, our friends from the Girl Scouts have the floor… Eleven unique girls make up Girl Scout Troop 3425 (San Diego, CA). They have been a troop for five years, led by Troop Leader Kelly Campbell, actively seeking opportunities to enhance their leadership skills. Troop 3425 is a proud participant of Girl Scout Cookie Season. The money they earn is used for troop operations, including badges, workshops, encampments, and many other activities. …

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TOMS Giving in the United States

The United States isn’t only a place we call home; it’s also where our customers’ purchases are bringing opportunity to children in need. And we couldn’t be more excited to share our story with you. Working closely with our Giving Partners here in the United States, we’ve expanded our giving to meet the needs of children all over the country. TOMS has been giving in the U.S. on a small scale since 2009. We’ve spent the last few years testing and adapting our U.S. Giving strategy so we could responsibly launch a sustainable, large-scale Giving effort. And with so much…

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