Category Archives: Giving

In Thailand, Tanawan receives new TOMS

Name: Tanawan Age: 13 Location: Surin Province, Thailand Giving Partner: EDF Thailand Tanawan, fondly nicknamed Nink by her friends and family, lives in the Surin province of Thailand, situated in the country’s northeast, along the Thai-Cambodian border. Known as the “Province of Elephants” to tourists, it is a quiet town, but densely populated and one of the most impoverished in the country. In the Khwao Sinrin district, where Nink lives with her family, most villagers rely on farming of rice paddies and silk, due to the extreme climate and geography of the land. Every day, Nink and her friends ride…

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Darin’s Giving Trip in Paraguay

Darin is our product category director for TOMS Eyewear and TRAVELER by TOMS. Day in and day out, you can find him sitting at a long, wooden table checking out eyewear samples and studying the latest trends in eyewear to make sure our collection is as cool as he is. Last year, Darin had the opportunity to visit a Sight Giving Partner on his Giving Trip and see how a cataract surgery happens. He retells his story here. My first Giving Trip was to Paraguay where I was able to meet the founding members of Fundación Visión, one of our…

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How We Give Shoes, Step-by-Step

At TOMS, we’re committed to creating the biggest impact possible with the shoes we give, but we recognize that we don’t have all the answers. That’s why we distribute shoes in a very careful and planned out manner with our Giving Partners. Interested in learning more about how it happens? Read on! Make a Match: Everything starts with our supporters’ purchases. Once you’ve bought your new TOMS, we collaborate with our long-term Giving Partners — humanitarian organizations with deep experience and knowledge on the communities they serve — to distribute the same number of pairs that our customers buy. Customize…

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In Honduras, Jennifer Receives Her Sixth Pair of TOMS Shoes

Name: Jennifer Age: 8 Location: Nueva, Esperanza, Honduras Giving Partner: Feed the Children Shoe Type: Black Canvas Our Giving Partner, Feed the Children, recently sent us this amazing story about 8-year-old Jennifer, who has received six pairs of TOMS Giving Shoes since 2012! We think her story is an amazing testament to the work that our Giving Partners do and the incredible commitment of our supporters to the One for One movement. Jennifer lives in a small community called Nueva Esperanza, which means “New Hope,” in Honduras. The nearest city is about 50 minutes away, creating many challenges for the…

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What’s a TOMS Giving Trip?

In the early days, we called our firsthand Shoe Giving experiences “Shoe Drops.” Our founder Blake, the small TOMS staff and some their family and friends, traveled back to Argentina to distribute the very first One for One shoes to children in need. For the next few years, the TOMS family was an essential part of every pair of shoes given to children in need. However, as the One for One movement gained support and the company grew, we learned more about international development and built out a Giving Team to work with humanitarian partners to more responsibly integrate TOMS…

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Preventing Bullying in schools with No Bully

When developing a new giving model at TOMS, we select high-impact partners who complement one another’s work. When we identified Bullying Prevention as our next give, we wanted to ensure that we had a partner to help prevent bullying in schools and a partner to help respond to instances of bullying and other types of crisis. We have already introduced you to Crisis Text Line and are proud to introduce you to our other partner No Bully. No Bully is an innovative organization that partners with schools over the course of a year. It trains their staff how to interrupt…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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