Tag Archives: Giving

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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Profiles in One for One: Dara’s new shoes from Giving Partner Children International

Profiles in One for One: Dara’s new shoes Name: Dara Age: 8 Location: Guatemala Giving Partner: Children International For 8-year-old Dara, the Children International  community center is like a second home. It’s a place where she can play with friends on the soccer field and practice her singing and dancing – all things she loves to do in her spare time. “I like to come here and play and write letters sometimes,” she shares. But the CI community center is more than that. It’s also a place where Dara receives vital health care like visits to the dentist and education…

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Heba Receives New Prescription Glasses

At TOMS, our mission to restore sight is fueled by the effectiveness of treatment. That’s why we currently work with 17 Sight Giving Partners to help eliminate avoidable blindness and restore sight in 13 countries worldwide. Around the globe, uncorrected refractive error is one of the leading causes of visual impairment. Refractive errors develop when the eye has difficulty focusing on objects clearly. Whether the trouble is with objects that are near or far, the resulting blurred vision can cause visual impairment at any age. While refractive errors cannot be prevented, they can be treated — starting with an eye…

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Helping Provide Aid to Syrian Refugees

Over 4 million children have been affected by the conflict in Syria, which is now well into its third year. Nearly 3 million of these children and their families had to flee their homes, leaving them without access to basic services like healthcare and education. They have lost their homes, and many are living in makeshift shelters or refugee camps in neighboring countries including Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Turkey and Egypt. This leaves many of them unprepared for the cold winter months. We know that today our community is counting on us to go beyond giving and to really make a…

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