Do Good: One Million Pairs of Shoes For Kids In Need

September 20, 2010 at 8:00 am , by

We love TOMS because they’re super-cute, inexpensive and they do good too! (For every pair you buy, the company donates a pair to a child in need.) TOMS just donated their one millionth pair of shoes last week in Argentina—a milestone they hit in just four years. We had a chance to chat with Blake Mycoskie, who founded the company and often personally delivers shoes (that’s him, above).

How does it feel to be donating your one millionth pair of shoes?
“When we started, I never would have dreamed that we would’ve arrived at this landmark so quickly. We are so thankful for the amazing support we’ve received over the past four years from our partners, retailers, consumers and community globally.”

What makes your job rewarding?
“So many little things make it amazing. This can range from meeting young entrepreneurs starting companies based on giving, meeting the TOMS global community, seeing our shoes on the street, to coming home to our HQ after weeks of travel. Our first shoe drop in Argentina in 2006 will always stand out to me. I had originally hoped to bring 250 pairs to the children I had met there on an earlier trip. However, I was able to return to Argentina with 10,000 pairs of new shoes. A simple idea had turned into some real and made a true impact on the world.”

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2 Responses to “Do Good: One Million Pairs of Shoes For Kids In Need”

  1. Bravo Blake! It’s inspiring to see how you’ve incorporated philanthropy into your business model & the “one for one” approach exemplifies corporate responsibility at its best! I’m involved with a non-profit called Shoes That Fit; we provide new shoes to children in need for school in the U.S. The simple gift of a new pair of shoes can make a profound difference in the life of a child & enables them to attend school in comfort & with dignity. We too are reaching our 1 million shoe mark so Congratulations TOMS on this milestone!


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