Toms is expanding its global outreach to include helping Arizona kids in need.
The chic and charity-minded shoe company has doled out more than 10 million pairs of shoes in over 60 countries around the world since 2006. Toms is known for its “one-for-one” philosophy, where a pair of shoes is given to a child in need for every pair bought.
Now, Toms founder Blake Mycoksie plans to give back at home in the U.S. by partnering with local organizations in 35 states, including Arizona.
Mycoksie told Fashionista that the brand is particularly focused on partnering with schools that have “high percentages of children that qualify for the National School Lunch Program or the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act,” in addition to large organizations in highly-impoverished areas and small, local organizations that target specific needs in a community.
Three states (California, New Mexico, New York) will also take part in the Toms eyeglasses initiative, which is similarly based on sales of Toms eyewear and has given sight to more than 150,000 people worldwide since 2011.
By the end of 2014, Toms aims to give 1 million pairs of shoes to children residing in the U.S.
Check out the video below for more information on Toms U.S. giving: