Supporting a Good Cause without Spending a Dime!

TOMS Logo courtesy of

TOMS Logo courtesy of

I’m sure many of you are familiar with TOMS Shoes, and if not, well then now is a perfect time to get the scoop on this awesome cause/constantly growing movement!  (I have the gold glitter pair myself 😉 ) But you have to listen and act fast!  Today, April 16, TOMS is raising awareness for its cause by holding the second annual “One Day Without Shoes” event across the nation.  

And for those of you who aren’t too familiar with TOMS, the driving force behind it is that for every pair of TOMS shoes you purchase, a child in need will receive a pair of shoes for free!  Below is a video explaining the cause.

 So how do you participate in today’s event?  

All you have to do is go barefoot for 15 minutes, 30 minutes or even all day if  you want to (but be careful)!  The idea is to go out and about without shoes for long enough to raise awareness about the cause.  So, maybe this just means walking out to get your mail without shoes and explaining to a neighbor why you are doing it!  You can also attend one of the  “shoeless events”  going on around Austin.  These will be held all day on UT campus, at Lake Travis High School and on Ragsdale Lawn of St. Edwards University.  

And, one of the best things is that you can participate for absolutely nothing!  The event does not ask you to purchase a pair of shoes or give any money.  Just simply go barefoot to help raise awareness!  How easy is that!

I will have to admit, I got the urge to write about how to help support a good cause for cheap/free from this post on  The post offers some excellent ideas on how to “be charitable when also being frugal.”  For example, she recommends saving a little bit each week or month and then making a donation once you have reached your saving goal.  (Maybe you could start by saving up to purchase a pair of TOMS shoes for just $44!)

Here is a video explaining today’s event.  

So go out there and make a difference…the “frugal” way!

P.S. If you’re really interested in helping out with TOMS shoes and don’t have the extra money to spend check out these ways you can get involved!

Post by Kristin White


6 responses to “Supporting a Good Cause without Spending a Dime!

  1. I’m upset that i missed this. I totally would have done it. Blake, the founder, was at CGI. I think CGI bought a pair for every participant, so over 1,000 African children got a pair of TOMS.

  2. Michele Pierini

    I think that this is a nice idea, but really I hate getting glass in my feet and would rather just donate money. Honestly I wouldn’t even do it for 5 minutes outside.

  3. I participated in this event and didn’t even know it. I spend a lot of time barefoot just because I love the feeling.

  4. I’ve seen a lot of people wearing Toms, but hadn’t ever heard of them before coming to the US. Does anyone know the best place to buy them?

  5. I love the business model behind Toms. It goes to show that not everyone is out just to make a quick buck.

  6. Sam, you can get them at Whole Foods! Or order directly from the TOMS web site. And Nordstrom might have them too?

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