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Local Business Looking for “One Day Without Shoes” Partners

Katy Texas News
Posted February 18, 2011

Wet Will-E Water Balloons, Inc. is teaming up with TOMS Shoes to support One Day Without Shoes on April 5.

TOMS Shoes was founded in 2006 by American traveler Blake Mycoskie who befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need over the course of their childhood.

As of September 2010, TOMS has given over one million pairs of new shoes to children in need through giving partners around the world. TOMS now gives in over 20 countries including the United States, and works with charitable partners in the field who incorporate shoes into their health, education, hygiene, and community development programs.

One Day Without Shoes is a day in April when TOMS asks people to go without shoes to raise awareness of children growing up barefoot and the impact a pair of shoes can have on a child’s life. The first One Day Without Shoes took place in 2008, primarily fueled by university students on the West Coast. Since then, it’s grown far beyond college campuses, and in only its third year, people of all ages got involved — in 2010, over a quarter of a million people went barefoot and over 1,600 barefoot events took place globally.

Along with donating one percent of all 2011 sales in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Texas to charitable organizations benefiting children in Rockford and Houston, Wet Will-E Water Balloons, Inc., is organizing One Day Without Shoes in the Houston area, and they are looking to Cy-Fair residents to participate. They want high schools and elementary schools, corporations, colleges, and non-for-profits to help raise awareness of the impact a pair of shoes can have on a child’s life by going without shoes on April 5.

The movement is simple and easily carried out. On April 5 Wet Will-E want to see teachers and students, office managers and ancillary staff, loan officers, salespeople, waiters and librarians spend One Day Without Shoes and make a statement to the world. If you are interested in participating, contact wetwille@charter.net for more details regarding coordination and outreach. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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