Category Archives: Giving

Learning About Safe Birth Kits With ayzh

We are fortunate to have a guest post from Safe Birth Giving Partner ayzh, as told by Business Development Associate Dani DiPietro. ayzh has been one of our Safe Birth Giving Partners since 2015 and currently supports training of maternal health workers and birth kit distributions in India. Read on to learn about how ayzh and the birth kit help women safely give birth. ayzh (pronounced “eyes”) is a social enterprise that develops appropriate health and livelihood solutions designed to meet the unique needs of women and newborns in low- resource settings. Since 2010, ayzh has been producing, selling and…

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Celebrating One Year of Safe Birth Giving

Today’s story was written by Becky, Social Innovation and Impact Specialist at TOMS. On a typical day, you will find her managing relationships with our Sight, Water, Safe Birth or Bully Prevention and Response Giving Partners. Read on to learn more about our Safe Birth program and its first anniversary: The Safe Birth Giving Program is close to my heart for several reasons, including the fact that TOMS launched the program only a few weeks before I gave birth to my first child. I, like many first time expectant mothers, had so many questions and concerns about how my life…

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Sharing the TOMS story with the world

Today’s story was written by Justin, Giving Communications Manager at TOMS. Most days you will find him working with the Giving and Marketing teams to bring our Giving to life. This past February, Justin and a small team went to Colombia to help produce the AT&T commercial featuring TOMS. Read on to learn more about his experience in Colombia and what it’s like to give shoes to children. When I arrived at 6 a.m. to prepare the set, a few of the families were already inside the Children International (CI) community center in Barranquilla, Colombia, where we would be  filming….

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On the Ground: Fighting Poverty with Children International

We are fortunate enough to have a guest post from Giving Partner, Children International told by CI Storyteller, Matt Staub. Children International has been a TOMS Giving Partner since 2013 and currently distributes TOMS Shoes in nine countries through their holistic child and youth development programs. Read on to learn more about Children International and the amazing work they do… Children International has one goal: to break the cycle of poverty for kids. Working in ten countries and facing truly challenging circumstances, we rely on a variety of tactics to be successful in reaching this goal. What’s interesting is that even the…

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TRACY’S GIVING TRIP IN COLOMBIA

As a TOMS employee, the lure of a Giving Trip greets you the moment you first set foot in the office. Photos of children line the walls, conference rooms are named after countries we’ve established partnerships in, and mementos from past trips can be found in every corner of the office. The chance to see our partners’ work in action is an opportunity afforded to all members of the TOMS family after your first, third and then every third year of employment. My first trip took me to El Salvador, and before I knew it, it was time to begin planning…

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GIVING TRIPS PROGRAM: Frequently Asked Questions

One of our favorite things at TOMS is our Giving Trips Program!  Over the years, the program has evolved to provide an enriching experience for TOMS Employees, the TOMS Tribe, contest winners, distributors, vendors or retailers. March kicks off our first trips of 2016, so we wanted to answer a few of the frequently asked questions we get about the Giving Trips Program. What is a Giving Trip? A Giving Trip provides a unique opportunity to visit our Giving Partners (humanitarian organizations) in the field to learn about their work. Participants not only have the powerful experience of personally distributing…

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TOMS Passport Rewards Giving Trip Winner

Recently, we hosted a contest for TOMS Passport Rewards members to win a visit to one of our Giving Partners, see their work and help give shoes. Read on to get to know the winner Lindsay as she shares her favorite moments and unforgettable experiences from the trip. Name: Lindsay Bosch Hometown: Pleasanton, CA Age: 30 What makes you excited about TOMS? TOMS excites me because they have made it so easy for everyone to give. The One for One model, which I witnessed firsthand, is the real deal. When you buy a pair of shoes, it literally translates to…

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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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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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