Tag Archives: Giving

The Global Need for Safer Births

When our Product Development team first told the Giving Department about the TOMS Bag collection, and the need for a give that matched it, we were excited. It gave our small team of three in Social Innovation and Impact a chance to put their big brains together and really come up with a give that was both impactful and matched the beautiful collection of TOMS Bags that they were so excited to launch, which hits our site on Friday. As always, we started with the need. We spoke to experts in global health and many potential Giving Partners tackling issues…

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Improving Access to Health and Education with Partners in Health

TOMS is honored to work with Partners In Health to distribute shoes to children in need in Haiti and Malawi. As one of the leading organizations in global health equity, the organization’s mission is to provide healthcare to the world’s impoverished. They do so by establishing long-term relationships with sister organizations and governments based in settings of poverty. Perhaps the greatest example of this is Partners In Health’s work in Haiti, where the organization was founded in 1987. While visiting Haiti, the TOMS team had the opportunity to travel to Domond, a rural village about two hours outside of Port-au-Prince…

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TOMS Giving has a New Website!

Hey there, Sarah here. Most of you reading the TOMS Blog don’t know me, but I manage our Giving Communications here at TOMS, and act as the voice of TOMS Giving on the blog. You may not have noticed, but this morning, Giving hit a major milestone. After nearly two years of work by an incredible — and I mean INCREDIBLE — cross-collaborative team, we launched a new, more in-depth section of TOMS.com dedicated entirely to all aspects of TOMS Giving. When I tell you this project was a labor of love, I mean it. The web redesign began almost…

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Giving Back at Home, in LA

Harmony is a Giving Account Specialist in the TOMS Giving Department. For the last four years, she has worked hard to provide TOMS Giving Partners with top-notch customer service and new shoes for children in need around the world, but particularly in the United States. Here, she shares her experience on a recent distributrion with a Giving Partner in our own backyard. Take it away, Harms… Just 10 miles from TOMS HQ, three gang-related shootings have happened within a week. All of them occurred within a short distance of elementary schools, where kindergartners and sixth graders participate in after school…

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A letter from our Chief Giving Officer

Dear TOMS friends, fans and others – Today at TOMS HQ, we’re celebrating Thankful Day. It’s our annual day to come together and recognize all of the things we have to be thankful for from the past year. So in the spirit of giving thanks, I wanted to reach out to the people around the world that help make this possible: We’re thankful for YOU! At TOMS, we’re thankful that our customers keep coming back to TOMS time and time again. We’re always so humbled and inspired by your eagerness to learn about the world around you and engage with…

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Profiles in One for One Safe Water

Name: Cristina Age: 15 years old Location: Santa Cruz del Quiche, Guatemala Type of water project: Gravity-fed water system with pump For 15-year-old Cristina, water has always been a precious commodity in her home. Since she was a little girl, her parents would purchase water for household use, and ration it out because it was a major expense for her family. At 5 Quetzales (the Guatemalan currency) per jug, her parents would often have to buy four or five jugs per day just to support their family of 11. “We use the water to cook, wash clothing and for personal…

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Guest Post- Christy from Children International

If you can’t tell, we’re huge fans of our friends over at Children International. A TOMS Giving Partner since 2012, Children International works with TOMS in nine countries around the globe. Children International works in 20 countries around the globe helping children escape the traps of poverty. Children International helps children become healthy, educated and self-reliant. The organization provides its most comprehensive programs through community centers – safe spaces with constructive activities and caring adults. Christy (pictured below, on the left) serves as a liaison between Children International and TOMS. Every time I go to the field, I come away…

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Meet Children International’s Dr. Contreras

While in Guatemala visiting with TOMS Giving Partner Children International, we had the opportunity to sit down with one of the local doctors serving CI’s community center. As part of CI’s holistic programming for children and their communities, the organization has an established medical facility that provides medical and dental check-ups to children in need. Read more from Dr. Contreras…  What was your life like growing up? Did you grow up in the local community? My childhood was in a home with both parents and a younger brother. I studied in a private school in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. I grew up…

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The Games We Brought Back from Guatemala

Giving is hard work, but it’s also a lot of fun. On our recent trip to Guatemala, the children at the community center — run by TOMS Giving Partner Children International — were eager to show us some of their favorite games. Despite the language barrier, the games served as a great icebreaker (along with big smiles and laughs!) and made our day with the children especially fun. Our favorite game was called, quite simply, “Parachutes!” Yulissa, a Children International Program Assistant in Guatemala, explained that the goal of the game is to encourage teamwork and coordination to not let…

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