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It’s kind of funny.  People keep mentioning to me how cool One Day Without Shoes is and apologizing for not being able to go barefoot on Thursday.  I’ve just started telling people that it doesn’t matter what day it is.  Kids are going without shoes every day all over the world!  Even though April 16th is the official One Day Without Shoes, there is nothing stopping you from experiencing what those children experience on another day.  In fact, I think it’s kind of the point.  we shouldn’t be trying to get people to go barefoot for one day and then stop.  The point is to get people to understand the problem, even recognize that there is a problem!  And then from their experience, be willing to do what they can to be the solution.  If you want to go barefoot tomorrow, that’s awesome 🙂  The challenge doesn’t begin and end on April 16th.  It’s something we should be thinking about always.

That being said… I am in the process of trying to pick some of my favorite images from One Day Without Shoes 🙂 Maybe one per location???? yessssssssss. coming soon!

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I am so excited to see photos and hear stories of the One Day Without Shoes events! WOOHOO!

I am also exhausted.  It is 2AM and i just finished soaking my feet.  I now realize more than ever how amazing shoes are and how much better my feet feel in them.

It was just a day.  And i can’t imagine living and walking in my bare feet.

I have more photos and stories to upload in the morning, BUT for now, i am going to sleep!

One Day Without Shoes is over.  But the work is never done 🙂

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… it is officially

ONE DAY WITHOUT SHOES.  will you take the challenge and go without shoes today?

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A Story from Ghana…

I was sharing with a friend from school today about TOMS Shoes and the One Day Without Shoes campaign.  He was pretty excited about the whole idea.  Then he went on to share his experience in Ghana this past year.

He shared that the kids in Ghana ran around barefoot.  He was shocked to see them playing soccer (and REALLY… playing soccer) on gravel in their barefoot.  They were sliding and digging and running… all without shoes on.  It amazed him that this was just a part of their life.  They’d never experienced shoes and being barefoot was the norm. 

He was just amazed at how different his life was from theirs.  Even with issues such as food, they were not used to eating meat.  They are just so poor there that they choose to spend their money on certain things, and shoes is just not a necessity to them.

How blessed we are to live in a place where we have shoes, clothing, roofs over our heads, and opportunities for education (not that ALL Americans experience this… but generally).  And yet we are unhappy and unfulfilled.  And in Ghana, these kids have nothing.  And they learn to find joy in the little things.

It’s just eye opening.  TOMS opens the door for anyone to give a pair of shoes to a child who may never have shoes otherwise. In a way, it is realizing our differences and wanting to make a change.

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Really, i don’t judge my friend for having this many shoes (even if these aren’t all of them!).  I probably have a good number of shoes that may rival the amount that she has.  It’s crazy how many pairs of shoes one person can own.  When I really think about it, I don’t even wear 1/3 of them!  I have a few favorites, and then the necessary ones like black pumps and boots… not to mention all of the flip flops that i own.  I’ll be honest and say that it is ridiculous.

I am just one person.  Who has over 25 pairs of shoes.  for MYSELF! 

One Day Without Shoes is something that makes me really think about the stuff I own.  Shoes included.  But just look at your closet and look at your shoes.  And then think about how blessed you are.  Begin thinking about the difference you could make in someone else’s life with just one pair of shoes.

One Day Without Shoes.  Let the awareness begin.

Here is the TOMS AT&T commercial. It’s genuine and real. It’s a brief glimpse into the work that TOMS is doing. When you watch this, you can’t help but see how much a pair of shoes can impact a child. Amazing.



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One Day Without Shoes:  Coast to Coast 
April 16th, 2009    

What is “One Day Without Shoes”?  
It’s a challenge.  An experience.  See what thousands of people are faced with daily.  
TOMS Shoes is challenging you to go without shoes on April 16th 
The goal: have people across the nation take the challenge and go shoeless 
for one day.
Sound impractical?  Imagine if you had to do it for your entire childhood.    

A Little About TOMS Shoes…  
What:   TOMS has a simple premise – For each pair you purchase, TOMS
will give a pair of shoes to a child in need – One For One.  
Why:  Many children in developing countries do not have shoes.  
How:  Shoe Drops and Shoe Drop Tours  
Results:  TOMS has given over 140,000 shoes to children in Argentina, Ethiopia, 
South Africa, and even in the United States. 

Fast Shoe Facts  
— 4 billion people in the world live in conditions inconceivable to many.   
— Most children in developing countries grow up barefoot, at risk for foot
disease, infection, and painful sores.  
— In these countries, walking is often the primary mode of transportation. 
— They have to walk to get food, water, shelter, and medical help.    
— Without shoes, many children do not meet the requirements for an education 
and thus lose a critical opportunity for a better life.   
— Providing shoes to children allows them to walk places they may not be 
able to reach barefoot.  

What can you do to help?  
Make a difference.  Take the challenge.  Engage with people. Hand out fliers. 
See what  it’s like… Share your experiences with stories and pictures.
Lead a group.  Organize a walk without shoes.  Have them go shoeless for an 
hour or two.  Imagine what a difference a pair of shoes could make.  

Make some noise.  Attract some attention.  Create awareness.  

Email your experiences and stories to:  onedaywithoutshoes@gmail.com  Track the stories from all over at:  https://onedaywithoutshoes.wordpress.com 

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