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Is everyone giving out shoes?

Shoe charities are everywhere now. And as a connoisseur of shoes, these charities get my stamp of approval! Shoes are a basic need in the clothing department. The people who go shoeless are the ones who need them the most.

Now for those of you who think this is a waste of money and time just STOP and think about it. How many pairs of shoes do you personally own? I myself own over 80 pairs. Yes over 80 and I am not ashamed. But while I own a lot of shoes I also have donated to both of the big shoe charities: TOMS Shoes and Soles4Souls. So while you're out buying shoes the next time stop and think about this:

Why shoes?

Most children in developing countries grow up barefoot. Whether at play, doing chores or just getting around, these children are at risk.

Walking is often the primary mode of transportation in developing countries. Children can walk for miles to get food, water, shelter and medical help. Wearing shoes literally enables them to walk distances that aren't possible barefoot.

Wearing shoes prevents feet from getting cuts and sores on unsafe roads and from contaminated soil. Not only are these injuries painful, they also are dangerous when wounds become infected. The leading cause of disease in developing countries is soil-transmitted parasites which penetrate the skin through open sores. Wearing shoes can prevent this and the risk of amputation.

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.

There is one simple solution...SHOES.

Of the planet's six billion people, four billion live in conditions inconceivable to many. Lets take a step towards a better tomorrow.

That is taken from TOMS "Our Movement" page. THIS is the biggest reason people need to wake up and realize the importance of donating. On top of the children in these countries are their parents and family as well. These developing countries need to benefit from the wealth that we in America take for granted. This is a way to do it.

TOMS shoes are some of the most comfortable shows I own. Some people might not think they look the nicest, but why would you want to spend all day in something that's uncomfortable but pretty? (That's the main reason I refuse to wear heals) All of my older shoes get donated to Soles4Shoes and I also make cash donations when I can. Recycling my wardrobe and helping people in need all at the same time.

I'm urging everyone I know and all of you in the interwebs to find a charity or a cause that really moves something within you. Once you found it, do something about it! Donate your time, resources, money, anything to help the organization. The cause can be in your own backyard. My biggest point is don't be selfish with what you have while others are suffering.

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