One Day Without Shoes


Today is a big deal.  For two very good reasons.

For starters, you may have heard of TOMS Shoes.  An impressive company that is dedicated to putting shoes on the bare feet of children living in poverty all over the world.  For each pair of shoes that is purchased, TOMS delivers a pair of shoes to a child.

One pair for you, one pair for them. One for one. Every time.

But more recently, something else has surfaced and I am busting at the seams.

TOMS and Compassion International have partnered up.  As in… we’re working together.

I’ll say it again.

TOMS Shoes and Compassion are joining forces to bring 33,000 shoes to Compassion kids living in Ethiopia and the Philippines.

And today, staff at our headquarters here in Colorado are joining the shoeless masses for one day.  Here are some good reasons why  you should jump on this bandwagon.

  • 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
    Courtesy of Compassion International:

One day.

For one day and for the price of one pair of shoes, you can literally change the world for one child.

Take off your shoes. Start a conversation. Create a revolution in Jesus’ name.


4 responses »

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  2. Great event. I’m waiting to find out where the video from our front lobby is going to be posted. Lots of business casual people sporting bare feet at our headquarters.

  3. Meredith, I am in your mom’s CBS care group. She told me about your email to the owner of Tom’s shoes. Because of your courage and boldness, you will change 33,000 people’s lives. She is so proud of you! You are definitely doing the work of Jesus. Congratulations!
    Tiffany Lee

  4. Ola Meredith!

    I didn’t receive this in time to join you in going shoeless; however, I will have a look at TOMS and see how I can share shoes with others. May God continue to bless you in your ministry! Have a blessed day!


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