A Day Without Shoes

Why are all those people barefoot? What is going on? Today, April 5th 2011, is the annual day without shoes. This event was started on a college campus about 5 years ago and has really stated to generate buzz over the past couple of years. In fact, last year over 250,000 people participated. TOMS shoes is the primary sponsor of the day. TOMS is a shoe retailer/charitable company, that donates one pair of shoes to needy children for every pair that is sold. This "one for one" philosophy is the core of the TOMS business model.
What is all the fuss about? Well, we forget that having shoes is actually a luxury for many children in countries around the world. The lack of shoes puts these children at risk for disease, injury and impairment. There are many schools that actually require children to have shoes to attend and thus lack of shoes can hold back a child from educational opportunity.
We at the Sarasota Foot Care Center have been gathering gently used shoes to be donated to the Salvation Army right here in Sarasota for over a year. The "spare a pair" shoe campaign has delivered hundreds and hundreds of pairs of shoes to needy people right here in our own community. However you choose to get involved, just get involved. Donate your time, money or shoes to help those less fortunate.
If not you, who? If not now, when?

Committed to your health,

Dr. Craig Conti
Sarasota Foot Care Center

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