TOMS creates rewarding opportunity

I have always had compassion for people who are less fortunate, and I’ve always wanted to help out and do something, but I never knew how. Raising money is, of course, always a good option, but I wanted to do more.

I first heard about TOMS Shoes when I was in ninth grade. My youth pastor, Freddy, talked to us about it, and I instantly fell in love with the mission. By my junior year, TOMS was picking up speed and becoming more popular. Because of this, they needed even more people and support. I signed up to do their campus rep. program for our high school. I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into, but I was just so excited to help out.

Within days I was contacted, and after a couple weeks I was interviewed. The next week I was accepted into their campus rep. program and was trained. I was to promote TOMS as much as I breathe and host two events, as well as a One Day Without Shoes walk.

From Jan. until June, TOMS kept me extremely busy! I was learning how to plan events and just how much hard work it takes to actually make a difference. My experience with TOMS Shoes was sometimes stressful and very hard work, but it was also one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. It gave me the skills I need if I ever want to do any events in the future for non-profits and it taught me that to accomplish anything big, you need passion and optimism.

If five people came to my event or 500 people came, at least that is getting the word out to somebody, and if just one kid’s life is changed because I helped get shoes on their feet, it was all totally worth it.

I have learned most importantly, though, that anyone has the power and the opportunity to make a difference. I would even go so far as to say that everyone has the responsibility to make a difference. We should all make an effort each day to help someone else in need. Maybe that means buying a pair of TOMS. Maybe it means going to the soup kitchen and helping out, or maybe it’s just sitting by that kid at lunch that nobody ever talks to.

You decide for yourself what making a difference looks like. This world needs change and it is desperate for love, and working with TOMS Shoes has given me even more motivation and know-how to give the world what it needs.