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By Jeané Neal

I am a firm believer in the saying “It Is Better To Give Than Receive” and I thought the concept of TOMS was pretty dope when they debuted a few years ago. If you are not familiar, TOMS is a loafer-style shoe that is comfortable and comes in all sorts of colors and designs. When you buy a pair, they not only give a pair to those in need, but some of the proceeds also go to their education and health as well. It is called the “One for One Movement.” They distribute in more than 50 countries to be exact.

Shopping is therapy for me but it is more justifying when I tell my mom it was for a good cause. My shoe addiction is extreme so it is either that or I hide my bags in my car until she’s sleeping!

Recently, TOMS has earned more cool points for allowing artistes in Haiti to design a limited-edition collection. Unfortunately, job opportunities there are scarce and the catastrophic earthquake was no help. This is surely a well needed economic boost. It has created jobs through shoe production that is fully operated and locally staffed in Haiti.

“I have great respect for TOMS,” said Gregory Sénéchal, one of the artists. “This is the first time I’ve met a company that believes in the future of Haitian artists.”

“I want to earn money and pay for school for my kids, [sic] ” added another artist, Carlène Ruben. “I also want to find a better place for my mum. This is a chance for us to make things better.”

What a brilliant idea! I cannot wait to get a pair! It’s like a piece of art that you can walk with, literally.

And, you are also helping people in need — so why not? What if everyone extended themselves just a little more everyday? Can you imagine the impact?

If TOMS aren’t your thing, do something nice for someone. Random acts of kindness, that you don’t need to boast about or post on social media. Do it from the heart, you’ll feel better and others will too.

“Be The Change You Want To See In The World.” -Ghandi

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