Tuesday, March 8, 2011

hey! it's our feet!, or why we support TOMS shoes.

We do what we do because we love kids, we love books, and we love kids loving books.  We want kids everywhere to grow up with experiences to learn about the world, whether those experiences are found in books, at school, or just out in the world meeting all sorts of different people.

We know that you want that, too.

Did you know in many countries, children can not attend school simply because they don't have shoes?  Or, if shoes are not required for school, barefoot children have to walk miles to get to school and are prone to illness and injury that their families may not be able to afford to treat?

TOMS Shoes was founded on this premise:  
For every pair of TOMS purchased, a pair will be donated to a needy child.  A pair of shoes can make the difference in a child's life in a way that impacts all of that child's life and the lives of others.  It's a pretty awesome idea, if you think about it.

On April 5th, Little Shop, with our friends at Squash Blossom,  is participating in TOMS Shoes One Day Without Shoes to help raise awareness of efforts to meet this basic need for children in the world.  We'll be at the shop all day, barefoot and fancy free!  You are invited to attend our 11am storytime with Miss Krista sans shoes.  We'll be reading stories about doing good in the world and helping each other.  And, bring us your 10 (bare) toes, and we will give you 10% off your purchase that day.

Last week, we did a photo shoot to help promote our promotion of One Day Without Shoes.  We realized two things that day:  we love to get together just about all the time but especially for a great cause and we need to mop our floors before we invite you all in barefoot.  We hope to see you on the 5th, but please know that even if you don't come to the shop that day, you can still spend your own day without shoes and tell all of your co-workers and friends why you are doing so.  And, when you are ready to put your shoes back on, consider owning a pair of TOMS- Squash Blossom has them, or you can order them directly from TOMS!

It's simple, gang: healthy children build healthy communities.  And of course, healthy readers!!

Editor's Note:  That awesome picture you see of us above was taken by our friend, Amy Gibbons.  She's super talented- check her out!

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