Category Archives: Giving

Finding Sustainable Solutions to Bullying

We know the power of Giving from our various other gives, and wanted to apply our One for One model to help address a problem common in the United States and around the world. In the United States, nearly one out of every three students aged 12 to 18, reports being bullied. Our Giving Partners explained it to us best: in any group of three, one student is the target, one is the aggressor, and one is a bystander. Purchases of the TOMS StandUp Backpack Collection will help provide the training of school staff and crisis counselors to help prevent…

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Responding to Bullying with Crisis Text Line

At TOMS, we love creative innovation and exciting solutions. So it’s no wonder that we’re thrilled to call Crisis Text Line one of our Bullying Prevention Giving Partners. Purchases of the TOMS StandUp Backpack Collection help provide the training of school staff and crisis counselors to help prevent and respond to instances of bullying. Through this give, TOMS hopes to improve the safety, academic performance and well-being of all students. Crisis Text Line focuses more specifically on response. Response programs make it as easy as possible for students who are experiencing bullying to get the help they need in moments…

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ODWS: Supporting Refugees with TOMS Winter Boots

TOMS Giving Partner Save the Children has been working at the Za’atari Refugee Camp in Mafraq, Jordan. Za’atari is the fourth most populous place in Jordan because of refugees fleeing Syria to escape the conflict. At the camp, Save the Children is creating Child-Friendly Spaces and Youth Friendly Spaces for young Syrian refugees. In these spaces, Save the Children is able to offer a sense of safety and normalcy to children, with the opportunity to learn, play, and recover from the horrors of war in safety. It is in these spaces where children like 15-year-old Majida received a pair of…

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ayzh Founder Shares her Safe Birth Story

Zubaida Bai is the founder and CEO of ayzh, one of TOMS’ Safe Birth Giving Partners. She is also the creator of the Clean Birth Kit in a Purse and is widely regarded as an expert and leader in the field of engineering design for low-cost women’s health products customized for the developing world. This Mother’s Day, we asked Zubaida to share her personal story and ties to maternal health in India. We’re inspired by her story and are eager to work with ayzh to help make childbirth safer for women in developing countries. Read on, as Zubaida recounts her…

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ODWS: Tackling Childhood Obesity with LA’s BEST

In the last 30 years, childhood obesity has more than doubled in the United States. It’s this reason, among many, that TOMS saw it as incredibly important to help give new Sports Shoes to children in the United States through a variety of programs and partners who work to tackle childhood obesity in the United States. Right in TOMS HQ’s own backyard, Giving Partner LA’s BEST distributes new Sports Shoes to children enrolled in its BEST Fit program, which integrates shoes into health programming with a focus on physical activity and nutrition, and encourages kids to become advocates for healthier…

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A Giving Account Specialist’s Visit to Ethiopia

As we head into One Day Without Shoes, we’d like for you to meet Natasha, a Giving Account Specialist and Trip Lead. She has the unique job of leading trips in the field for TOMS employees to visit our Giving Partners and also manage our Giving accounts in Ethiopia. Natasha recently returned from a field visit to Ethiopia, where she had the opportunity to learn more about podoconiosis, a debilitating disease that is completely preventable and treatable by wearing shoes. Here, she shares her experience… The capital of Ethiopia is Addis Ababa, which means “new flower” in Amharic. It’s the…

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Giving Shoes with REAP: An Impact Study

As our Shoe Giving has grown, so has the opportunity and desire to learn more about the impacts we’re having on those that have received new TOMS through our Giving Partners. Recently, some members of the Giving Team had the opportunity to visit the Rural Education Action Program (REAP), an evaluation organization at Stanford University that aims to inform education, health and nutrition policy in China. REAP is carrying out a research study in China to learn if TOMS Shoes can be used as an incentive for eye care, more specifically for the treatment of lazy eye. While the treatment…

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Get to Know Cate at Partners In Health, Haiti

While on our trip to Haiti, we met some incredible people on the adventure. Haitian locals and expats alike all had a strong affinity for the culture, country and helping improve the lives of themselves around them since the devastating earthquake in 2010. One of these wonderful people was Cate, the senior program officer in Haiti for TOMS Giving Partner, Partners In Health. Cate has been living in Haiti for the last eight years with PIH — and is currently working on their Ebola response in Liberia! In Haiti, she works on everything from earthquake disaster relief to TOMS shoe distributions….

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Maria’s Safe Water Story

“With a bathroom in our home, our lives have completely changed,” Maria Terrones shares with a shine in her eyes. With the help of Water For People, Maria and her family decided to build a bathroom in their home, and stop using a latrine. With the decision, comes not only a decision to improve their access to safe water, but also the opportunity to improve she and her family’s health and sanitation practices. The decision came after a 2012 visit from Water For People where Maria and her family learned of hygiene practices like proper hand washing, boiling water before…

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