UPDATE: Congrats to @jtodak!
To be eligible RT @babyorbust I want to win a pair of free @TomsShoes! http://bit.ly/TOMSgive
We are always inspired by new ways that we can give back. And of course, as our Web site three years ago was a fairly unique way to raise the funds needed to do IVF, we’re especially intrigued by unique ways to help others. When we learned about the TOMS Shoe company, we agreed this was definitely something we could get behind. Blake Mycoskie was a contestant on the show Amazing Race. His travels took him to Argentina and after filming he returned there for vacation. He went on a volunteer mission helping a group of children receive shoes. Most of the children in these villages have never worn shoes. According to the “facts” published on TOMS‘ site, this can lead to illness, disease or even prevent them from attending school.
So Blake worked with locals to re-create a traditional shoe worn in Argentina. He upgraded the traditional rope sole to a rubber-style sole that would be more durable, and used canvas and corduroy material to make a comfortable, casual shoe. Blake returned to the U.S. to not only sell shoes, but to giveaway shoes. His commitment since day one has been to give one pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair of shoes sold. One for one. Since 2006, TOMS has given away more than 60,000 shoes to children in Africa and Argentina.
While we’d love to have a pair of these super cute, super comfy shoes, we’d rather give than receive. We’ll buy one person a pair of TOMS (up to $50 value), if you’ll just tweet about BabyOrBust and TOMS! Just tweet this message before Monday, April 13, 2009 to be eligible. RT @babyorbust I want to win a pair of free @TomsShoes! http://bit.ly/TOMSgive
We will draw one Twitterer at random on 4/13, then contact that person, get their mailing address and shoe size, and give away not only one pair to the Twitter winner, but another child somewhere in the world who needs a new pair of shoes a lot more than us.
Also, join Shelton and I on April 16 as we join TOMS for ”One Day Without Shoes.”