Fact #1: In some developing nations, children must walk for miles to food, clean water and to seek medical help.
Fact #2: Cuts and sores on feet can lead to serious infection.
Fact #3: Often, children cannot attend school barefoot.
Fact #4: In Ethiopia, approximately one million people are suffering from Podoconiosis, a debilitating and disfiguring disease caused by walking barefoot in volcanic soil.
Fact #5: Podoconiosis is 100% preventable by wearing shoes.
We enjoyed our day without shoes. Go to the TOMS website and order your pair today....a child in need will automatically get a pair too.
Though we only went across town to my Mom's Small Group and played in the yard and walked up the street, being barefoot all day was a constant reminder of those in need. The early morning ground is COLD, even in April, and the late evening bare floors are cold too. I'm not complaining though...it was my choice to go without shoes today. Most that go without don't have a choice.
Go get your TOMS! All the cool kids are doing it. ;)