Category Archives: Inspiration

TRAVELING TOMS : @RAYAWASHERE

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, and how they show gratitude in their travels and their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Raya, “a travel and lifestyle vlogger and instagrammer on a journey to explore the Earth, seek magic and spread love”. Name: Raya Encheva  Hometown: Ruse, Bulgaria Occupation: Travel and Lifestyle Youtuber and Instagrammer Hobby: Traveling, taking photos, filming, anything that gets me outside in nature, finding epic places to watch the sunset, loving life. Where are your TOMS taking you? This year alone, my TOMS have taken me to 11 countries across 6…

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TRAVELING TOMS : @Clairoushkah

We are always inspired by the places our customers go wearing TOMS shoes, and especially by seeing how every experience is a token of gratitude, both while travelling and in the day-to-day. Now it’s our turn to inspire you by sharing the story of Claire, a young hedonist with a hunger for adventure and discovery. Name:  Claire alias @Clairoushkah City: Paris Occupation : Social Media Manager for Frichti Hobby : Cooking  Where have your TOMS taken you? The last place my TOMS took me was to Italy, for an Ancient Roman weekend birthday celebration in the magnificent city of Rome! And in a…

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Give Back On Your Special Day

Wedding season is here! We are so inspired by couples who choose to give back on their wedding day, so we have put together a list of some of our favorite ideas: Community service with your wedding party. Spend one day of your bachelor or bachelorette party serving other people in your community. Welcome bags. There’s nothing better than a “feel good, do good” goodie bag to welcome guests traveling to your wedding. Fill it with brands that give back for a heartwarming touch. Wear TOMS Shoes. From the flower girls and the wedding party to the bride and groom, TOMS Shoes are…

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TOMS Celebrates International Women’s Day

We are so excited to celebrate International Women’s Day and some truly incredible women! We asked a few women around TOMS HQ to tell us a little bit about the women who inspire them daily. Malala Yousafzai — Activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate “In 2014, I heard Malala speak for the fist time during the Women in the World conference in New York City. I was fascinated by her story, stunned by her eloquence and in awe of her fearlessness. What I love about Malala is that she does her best to lead an ordinary day-to-day life….

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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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What it Means to Give at Four Years Old

Nearly one year ago, while reading through questions and comments posted on the TOMS Facebook page, we were made aware of a blog post written by TOMS supporter and Peace Corps volunteer, Gina Althoff. In her post she shares one of the greatest results one could hope for as an employee at TOMS – that of a child learning about how One for One works and making the decision to take action and help other children in need. We are so inspired and grateful for the opportunity to share this story of giving just in time for the holidays: Christmas…

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5 Things I Learned from Big Cats

Meet today’s guest author, Aleksandra Orbeck-Nilsen, a friend of TOMS and Founder of Nanofasa, a conservation organization working to preserve the San communities and wildlife of South Africa (the world’s oldest culture). Several years ago Aleksandra left a supermodel career to discover the country of Namibia. Within the first few months in her new home she found herself working with a wildlife foundation to save animals, including leopards and lions. In honor of National Geographic’s Big Cats Week, we asked Aleks to share with us some of the things she learned from her furry yet fierce companions. I went to Africa…

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Take a Virtual Giving Trip

Our Giving Trips are an amazing opportunity for TOMS community members to visit our Giving Partners around the world, experience first-hand the incredible work they do and spend time with the people who receive our support. Now, with our first-ever Virtual Giving Trip you can take the journey at home for a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to give shoes to children. From soaring over a Peruvian village to playing on a school playground with kids, you’ll truly feel as though you are on a Giving Trip with the TOMS team. Experience the TOMS Virtual Giving Trip online Want…

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TOMS Marketplace Feature: Introducing Hand in Hand

We’re so thrilled to announce our new TOMS Marketplace partner, Hand in Hand! Founded in 2011, Hand in Hand crafts beautifully designed products (think soaps, salts, scrubs and more) using the highest quality ingredients. And, for every product purchased, Hand in Hand provides a social giveback that reflects the causes they are most passionate about. Read on to hear more from the co-founders, husband and wife team Bill Glaab and Courtney Apple. TOMS: How did the idea for Hand in Hand come about? Hand in Hand: We always knew we wanted to start a social business together. One day, Bill…

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