“Being different simply means you are being yourself.” –Trisha, 15 Years Old

This year, we teamed up with Journeys for our newest mission aimed at stopping bullying one youth at a time. Each purchase of a TOMS StandUp Backpack will help our Giving Partners provide training for school staff and remote volunteers to prevent and respond to instances of bullying. At TOMS, we are passionate about contributing to the bullying prevention movement as many of us have felt the effects of the issue in one way or another. In celebration of this collection, the TOMS and Journeys communities open up and share their experiences with bullying and thoughts on what it means…

FacebookTwitterGoogle+

In Malawi, Annie Operates a Water Kiosk

We’d like for you to meet Annie, a single mother in her late 40s, living in Mwanyowe, a low-income area just outside of the central business district of Blantyre, Malawi’s commercial city. It’s the start of a new working day for Annie, a water seller at one of 40 water kiosks in Manyowe. Annie used to be a seasonal farmer with very little income and even less things to do. Since her husband died, she found life particularly difficult. “I depended on him for almost everything,” Annie explains. “He would go to town and find piece work which brought food…

FacebookTwitterGoogle+

Proud of Ya, Kid

Leadercast Now believes in the core value of “Beyond You” leadership – putting your team first and letting them know every day that you respect and value them as people. In collaboration with Leadercast, TOMS Global Brand Ambassador Bethany Joy Clark shares a moving story about an amazing “Beyond You” leader who has forever influenced her own leadership journey – her grandfather, Major General George William Smith… Last week I attended my grandfather’s funeral at Arlington National Cemetery. It was one of the most profound experiences I’ve witnessed as it wasn’t just a funeral, it was truly a celebration of…

FacebookTwitterGoogle+

Community Supporter of the Month – Angela

The TOMS Community Team works with individuals who aspire to create positive change. Each month, we feature a supporter from the TOMS Tribe who is inspiring others in their life through their efforts for good. This month, Angela shares her story. Seven years ago, I became a human rights activist. I was thirteen when I discovered the term, ‘trafficking.’ My best friend had been wearing a beautiful pair of pajamas at a weekend sleepover, and I had to get my hands on a pair for myself. She showed me a website that sold – what were donned – Punjammies, and…

FacebookTwitterGoogle+

Profiles in One for One: A Story from Battambang Eye Unit

Patient Name: Sok Veung Location: Battambang, Cambodia Giving Partner: Seva Foundation Service provided: Cataract surgery Sok Veung is a 44-year-old woman who lives in Anlong Tamey village in the Battambang province of Cambodia. Since her husband passed away, she has become the sole supporter of her five children and is responsible for funding their education. Sok Veung supports her family by working on her own small plot of land, growing vegetables and raising chickens to sell at the market to generate income. Sok Veung felt her vision starting to fail over the past four years. During this past year, her…

FacebookTwitterGoogle+

“It is okay, not to be okay.” – Brittany, 16 Years Old

This year, we teamed up with Journeys to create the TOMS StandUp Backpack Collection; our newest mission with an aim to stop bullying, one youth at a time. Purchases of TOMS StandUp Backpacks will help our Giving Partners provide training for school staff and remote volunteers to prevent and respond to instances of bullying. We’re very excited to contribute to the anti-bullying movement as this issue has affected many of us at TOMS in one way or another. In celebration of this collection, the TOMS and Journeys community opens up and shares their experiences with bullying and thoughts on what…

FacebookTwitterGoogle+

Debi’s Giving Trip in the United States

Debi is a TOMS employee in the IT department who recently returned from her first Giving Trip. After visiting Save the Children in the Morongo Valley in California, she was inspired to share what she learned about Giving just a few hours away from our own HQ in Los Angeles… He looks at me with a bit of a sheepish grin as he responds to my hand in the air calling him to me. He bounds into the seat and offers me his right foot. There is a sparkle in an eye that beckons me closer. I ask his name…

FacebookTwitterGoogle+

“Life would be boring without people being different.” – Daniel, 14 Years Old

This year, we teamed up with Journeys to create the TOMS StandUp Backpack Collection; our newest mission with an aim to stop bullying, one youth at a time. Purchases of TOMS StandUp Backpacks will help our Giving Partners provide training for school staff and remote volunteers to prevent and respond to instances of bullying. We’re very excited to contribute to the anti-bullying movement as this issue has affected many of us at TOMS in one way or another. In celebration of this collection, the TOMS and Journeys community opens up and shares their experiences with bullying and thoughts on what…

FacebookTwitterGoogle+

TOMS Rad Dads

It’s time to celebrate the father figures in our lives. At TOMS HQ we have a lot of hard working dads, so we sat down and talked to a few of them about fatherhood and their favorite memories with their kids. “No presents necessary on Father’s Day because my greatest gift is being Zach, Brett, and Nick’s Dad.” — Jim, father of Zach, Brett, and Nick “When I think about my absolute favorite thing to do with Summit, it’s spending time together at home in the morning. Heather and I wake up early, make coffee, hang out with the dogs,…

FacebookTwitterGoogle+