Special-edition, Congolese-inspired TOMS Shoes
We're teaming up with Giving Partner Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI), an advocacy and grant-making organization founded by Ben Affleck, on two Congolese-inspired designs with an additional give. Read More >>
TOMS x charity: water - An Eyewer collaboration
TOMS and charity: water, an organization founded in 2006 (like TOMS!) that’s dedicated to to helping bring clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations, join forces for the first-ever TOMS Eyewear collab! Read More >>
Giving TOMS Shoes in the DRC
Founded by Ben Affleck in 2010, ECI is an advocacy and grant-making organization that works with and for the people of DRC, the third most populous country in Africa, and one that struggled under a cycle of violence for nearly 20 years – particularly in the east. Read More >>
Just over two years ago Caitlin found herself making jewelry out of keys she collected along her travels.
She was moved by the fact that the keys were flawed but unique—just like all of us. She began inscribing words of empowerment on the keys and giving them to people she met along her way; a ‘strength’ necklace to someone who was going through a bad breakup, a ‘courage’ key to someone who had lost a loved one. She passed these out to people with one plea: PAY IT FORWARD. It is with this mission statement that The Giving Keys was born. When each key holder met someone who needed the necklace more then them, Caitlin requested they pass the key along and share their story on The Giving Keys blog.
But this wasn’t enough for Caitlin—she felt there was a missing link. One day, she met Sarah and Rob, a young homeless couple on Hollywood Blvd. They had a sign that said “UGLY, HUNGRY & HOMELESS.” She took them to dinner and by the time their bellies were full, she had made the decision to hire them as artisans for the The Giving Keys. Through their work, Sarah and Rob were able to save up enough money to recently move into an apartment.
Now, in just over two years, The Giving Keys has grown to employ 15 homeless people. 15 people who now have the opportunity to save money for shelter and an education. The Giving Keys are sold in over 100 boutiques, including local LA retailer Fred Segal, and online. They even have a showroom in downtown LA!
When asked if she had any advice to share with the TOMS community, Caitlin left us with these parting words: “Live a life being aware of others. Take action, because you can change the world. It’s easier than you think. I promise.”
Visit The Giving Keys
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