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Join Us for One Day Without Shoes

UPDATE: Apr. 6, 2011Local news video [3] spotlighting One Day Without Shoes at our Global Ministry Center.

Apr. 5, 2011 – Many children in developing countries grow up barefoot. Whether at play, doing chores or going to school, these children are at risk.

  • A leading cause of disease in developing countries is soil-transmitted diseases, which can penetrate the skin through bare feet. Wearing shoes can help prevent these diseases and the long-term physical and cognitive harm they cause.
  • Wearing shoes also prevents feet from getting cuts and sores. Not only are these injuries painful, they also are dangerous when wounds become infected.
  • Many times children can’t attend school barefoot because shoes are a required part of their uniform. If they don’t have shoes, they don’t go to school. If they don’t receive an education, they don’t have the opportunity to realize their potential.
  • — via www.toms.com [5]

I’d like to encourage you to join us [4] tomorrow in TOMS’ annual event — One Day Without Shoes — to raise awareness of the impact a pair of shoes can have on a child’s life.

Join us [4] by taking off your shoes for the day or wearing a pair of TOMS instead. You can choose to participate for the whole day, or just for part of the day. However you choose to participate, you’ll be helping to raise awareness about children in the developing world who grow up barefoot.

You can also view the One Day Without Shoes [6] video on YouTube.