I don't actually have the shoes I'm picturing here today in my possession, although they are on the way. Due to arrive tomorrow in fact. Here they are in all their tiny glory. If you squint and look really close (I couldn't figure out how to make the picture bigger without blurring) you can see why I'm so excited for tomorrow. They are my first pair of Toms.
I am sure you all know what Toms are? If you don't here is the scoop. Toms is a company that gives one pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair of shoes you purchase. So while I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my new pair of shoes, a child somewhere is anxiously awaiting the arrival of their pair new pair of shoes. Pretty cool stuff.
Which brings me to my next blog topic... Gifts that Give back.
Last year I set myself a goal to give as many gifts as I could that gave back in some way, kind of like giving two gifts at once! My mom got a scentsy warmer that also funded an adoption. My dad received a beautiful piece of artwork (from pitter-patter art) that also funded an adoption. You get the drift.
I'm attempting this again this year and thought I'd share a few links with you if you'd like to do the same.
Check out these shops:
The Mercy Shoppe - all proceeds go to benefit a maternity home in Kenya
Wild Olive T's - 10% of all profits go to help children in China and Uganda
Toms Shoes - donate one pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair you buy
Gobena Coffee - 100% of the profits go to support orphans in Ethiopia
Junk Posse - your purchase supports numerous non-profit organizations
Minus One Project - an adoption fundraiser
These are just a handful, I know there are more.
If you know of others, please share the links in the comments.