In the Field with LaRae from TOMS Eyewear Team

Today’s Giving Trip story was written by LaRae, a Lead Sales Operations Coordinator at TOMS. Day in and day out, you can find her helping our retailer partners replenish TOMS product while keeping them in the loop on all things Giving. Last November, LaRae had the opportunity to visit TOMS Giving Partner Visualiza and see how TOMS helps restore sight. Here she shares her experience from the field… Words cannot describe the excitement I felt when I learned I would have the opportunity to visit Guatemala and meet the Visualiza team who I had met over skype two years prior. While in Guatemala, I met a woman…

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What’s a TOMS Campus Club?

During the early days of TOMS, we drove a van across the U.S. with the goal of stopping at as many college and university campuses as we could to share the TOMS story (we coined it the Vagabond Tour). Students were quick to recognize that the One for One model of giving back was a unique and creative way to make an impact in the lives of others. Many asked how they could get involved and what they could do to spread the movement in their communities. Thus, the beginning of TOMS Campus Clubs. Today, TOMS Campus Clubs are groups…

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BEARS FOR HUMANITY ~ A Bear That Cares

My name is Renju, Chief Giver and Founding Mama Bear at Bears For Humanity.  Four years ago my husband Vijay (Chief Giver and Papa Bear) and I were planning to start a family.  Naturally, we scoured the internet looking for organic and safe toys for our future children. I quickly learned that the majority of toy manufacturers are focused on maximum profits, have little or no interest in organic and safe toys, and don’t care about creating jobs for Americans.  We were dismayed to read and learn how small children between the ages of 5 to 18 are working in…

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Style Your Sole – What’s That?

One of the most creative ways groups of TOMS supporters give back is through Style Your Sole. Style Your Sole is a way to express your individuality through art by customizing a pair of TOMS Canvas Classics. Over the years, we have seen so many cool iterations of this activity—Here are some of our favorites: Birthday Parties: Birthday parties are a great time to come together with friends and family to celebrate the act of giving on a larger scale. For example, to celebrate her 5th birthday, a TOMS supporter named Ellie held a party with an impact. She invited…

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TOMS X NRC: GIVING TO SYRIAN REFUGEES IN JORDAN

As the global refugee crisis continues, there are still many people displaced around the world. Too many people. For over a year, TOMS has partnered with Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Jordan to distribute thousands of shoes to Syrian refugees. Shoes are given to all children living in Za’atari and Azraq camps through NRC’s Learning Centres. These Centres provide informal education that support refugee children while they are forced to be out of school. NRC recently shared a story with our Giving Team about a twelve-year-old refugee named Noor. Due to the ongoing Civil War in Syria, Noor was forced to…

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Why We Stand #withMalala

by Sofi Newmyer, Social Entrepreneurship Manager at TOMS About a year ago, I snuck away from work to go to a crowded conference room to hear Malala Yousafzai speak. Only a high school junior, Malala captivated the adult audience with her lessons on courage, resolve, friendship, fear and leadership. She was gracious and humble. And her message was clear: it’s time to take a stand for girls’ education. Malala is no ordinary teenager: When the Taliban forced girls to stay home from school in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, Malala defiantly went to school. When those around her were silent, Malala spoke…

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Giving Team Perspectives: Bullying Prevention and Response

When TOMS began in 2006, just two people managed our Giving. As our commitment to Giving grew, so too did the department. Below you’ll hear from Becky Kent, a Social Innovation and Impact Specialist at TOMS. Read on to learn how Becky plays a key role in TOMS High Road Backpack Collection and our newest give, Bullying Prevention and Response— With every backpack you purchase, TOMS will help stop bullying, one youth at a time. One for One. *Becky Kent pictured with students she met on a TOMS Shoe Giving Trip.  What do you in your role as a Social Innovation…

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GIVING TEAM PERSPECTIVES: GIVING SIGHT AROUND THE WORLD

When TOMS began in 2006, just two people managed our Giving. As our commitment to Giving grew, so did the department! Below you’ll hear from Dr. Shira Shafir, Director of Social Innovation and Impact at TOMS. Along with her small but mighty team, Shira supports our Sight Giving Partners by helping them to restore sight with every pair of TOMS Eyewear purchased. What does it mean to be part of the Sight Giving Team? My team determines which countries and partners our Sight Giving will be allocated to and how to have the maximum impact. All of our partners are medical…

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As Seen In ‘Joy’ The Movie

We’re HUGE fans of all things Jennifer Lawrence over here at TOMS so we just about lost it when she popped up in one of this season’s biggest movies wearing none other than TOMS Eyewear. In ‘Joy’ – the real-life story about the home-shopping superstar housewife Joy Mangano who invented the Miracle Mop – you can find JLaw wearing our Navigator 201 frames. The Navigator 201 features a classic shape. We we’re inspired by the pilot frame, and combined more angular lenses with metal-alloy eye wires and acetate temples. The double-bridge look is finished off with hand-finished stripes at the…

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