The Tomorrows Project: Le Recho

Employee Name: Jojanneke Goedhart Employee Job Title: Traffic and Production Coordinator Tomorrows Project Title: The Recho Project Tagline: Ten young women join forces to bring a food truck to a French refugee camp. Tell us about Le Recho. Le Recho, meaning ‘the Stove’ in English, is a non-profit food truck project started by ten young women in France. The aim of the project is to bring life to a refugee camp in France through cooking workshops and meals.  The project hopes to create bonds and help foster the integration of refugees. I first heard about Le Recho through a good…

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TRAVELING TOMS: @wearetravellersnl

We are always inspired to see where people go in their TOMS, not least because every experience is an expression of gratitude – both while travelling and in everyday life. This time we introduce you to Roëll, a traveller in heart and soul, and founder of one of the best known online travel magazines in the Netherlands: We Are Travellers. Name: Roëll de Ram Hometown: Utrecht Occupation: Travel blogger Hobbies: Travel, dancing, photography and cooking or trying out dishes in new restaurants Where do your TOMS take you? This time my TOMS took me to the Big Apple, the “concrete…

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The Tomorrows Project: FEDUP

Employee Name: Marlon Pearce Title: Sr. Merchandise Planner Tomorrows Project: FEDUP Tagline: Spreading Hope for the Homeless What is your Tomorrows Project? For my Tomorrows Project, I am supporting FEDUP, an outreach program for LA’s homeless population that provides food, supplies, and a sense of HOPE through comfort and conversation. There are over 41,000 people in LA county who sleep on the streets or shelters every night and that population has increased by 11% from 2015. My Tomorrows Project is funding updating FEDUP’s website, organizing five meal giveaway events and providing basic supplies (tents, sleeping bags, etc) to the most…

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Locals Who Give Back: Kestutis | Lithuania

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, by how they show gratitude and give back to their communities every day. This time let us introduce you to Kestutis Navickas, Kestutis Navickas, 32, is Lithuanian badminton champion and a great giver, who is constantly initiating and supporting different charitable initiatives related to kids, predominantly raising money to cancer-related funds. Name:  Kestutis Navickas Hometown: Kaunas Occupation: Badminton professional and coacher Hobby: Fashion What do you enjoy the most about the environment you work in? I mostly enjoy the possibility to meet international, successful people with creative and interesting characters, people working…

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Passport Rewards Members Support Disaster Relief

This month we are celebrating by sharing gratitude for our TOMS Tribe. One initiative you may have noticed recently on our Passport Rewards is the ability to give back to events or needs, immediately! This is initiative was the quick thinking of our Ecommerce Team. Today, we wanted to share a special note of thanks. Thank you to our loyal Passport Rewards members! Your stamps toward Giving rewards helped TOMS support the following organizations and programs provide immediate response to those in need. We are happy to share that most recently funds have been dispersed to the following organizations to…

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Grateful for Our Partners

The holidays provide a special time to count our blessings and express thanks. But it is important to remember that gratitude is more than giving thanks once. Gratitude is the act of living in a constant state of thankfulness, and being always ready to return the kindness you witness and receive. At TOMS, we are so grateful for the work our Giving Partners do each and every day. During the Season of Thanks, they are on the top of our list. But I believe the best way to truly thank them is to reflect on our relationship; to think about…

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Locals Who Give Back: Elmer | Amsterdam

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Elmer from White Label Coffee, a specialty coffee roasters company from Amsterdam. Name:  Elmer Hometown: Amsterdam Occupation: Co-founder at White Label Coffee Hobby: Natural Wine Tell us what you enjoy most about the neighbourhood you work in? What I enjoy the most about the neighbourhood where we’ve established White Label Coffee is its diversity. It’s a developing district with a variety of stores and people. I love the raw and mixed…

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The Tomorrows Project: Brave Trails: a Leadership Camp for LGBTQ+ Youth & Allies

Employee Name: Natasha D’Agrosa Title: Giving Account Specialist/Giving Trip Lead Tomorrows Project: Brave Trails: a Leadership Camp for LGBTQ+ Youth & Allies Tagline: Funding Towards Social Entrepreneurship Tell us about Camp Brave Trails. Camp Brave Trails is a summer camp focused on leadership for the LGBTQ youth and allies community that was founded in 2014 in Southern California. The Brave Trails Mission is to provide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning youth and their allies, ages 12-20, innovative, impactful summer camp programs that foster meaningful relationships and develop 21st century skills to become the leaders of tomorrow. This past summer,…

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The Tomorrows Project: Le Recho

Employee Name: Jojanneke Goedhart Employee Job Title: Traffic and Production Coordinator Tomorrows Project Title: The Recho Project Tagline: Ten young women join forces to bring a food truck to a French refugee camp. Tell us about Le Recho. Le Recho, meaning ‘the Stove’ in English, is a non-profit food truck project started by ten young women in France. The aim of the project is to bring life to a refugee camp in France through cooking workshops and meals.  The project hopes to create bonds and help foster the integration of refugees. I first heard about Le Recho through a good…

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TRAVELING TOMS: @wearetravellersnl

We are always inspired to see where people go in their TOMS, not least because every experience is an expression of gratitude – both while travelling and in everyday life. This time we introduce you to Roëll, a traveller in heart and soul, and founder of one of the best known online travel magazines in the Netherlands: We Are Travellers. Name: Roëll de Ram Hometown: Utrecht Occupation: Travel blogger Hobbies: Travel, dancing, photography and cooking or trying out dishes in new restaurants Where do your TOMS take you? This time my TOMS took me to the Big Apple, the “concrete…

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The Tomorrows Project: FEDUP

Employee Name: Marlon Pearce Title: Sr. Merchandise Planner Tomorrows Project: FEDUP Tagline: Spreading Hope for the Homeless What is your Tomorrows Project? For my Tomorrows Project, I am supporting FEDUP, an outreach program for LA’s homeless population that provides food, supplies, and a sense of HOPE through comfort and conversation. There are over 41,000 people in LA county who sleep on the streets or shelters every night and that population has increased by 11% from 2015. My Tomorrows Project is funding updating FEDUP’s website, organizing five meal giveaway events and providing basic supplies (tents, sleeping bags, etc) to the most…

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Locals Who Give Back: Kestutis | Lithuania

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, by how they show gratitude and give back to their communities every day. This time let us introduce you to Kestutis Navickas, Kestutis Navickas, 32, is Lithuanian badminton champion and a great giver, who is constantly initiating and supporting different charitable initiatives related to kids, predominantly raising money to cancer-related funds. Name:  Kestutis Navickas Hometown: Kaunas Occupation: Badminton professional and coacher Hobby: Fashion What do you enjoy the most about the environment you work in? I mostly enjoy the possibility to meet international, successful people with creative and interesting characters, people working…

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Passport Rewards Members Support Disaster Relief

This month we are celebrating by sharing gratitude for our TOMS Tribe. One initiative you may have noticed recently on our Passport Rewards is the ability to give back to events or needs, immediately! This is initiative was the quick thinking of our Ecommerce Team. Today, we wanted to share a special note of thanks. Thank you to our loyal Passport Rewards members! Your stamps toward Giving rewards helped TOMS support the following organizations and programs provide immediate response to those in need. We are happy to share that most recently funds have been dispersed to the following organizations to…

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Grateful for Our Partners

The holidays provide a special time to count our blessings and express thanks. But it is important to remember that gratitude is more than giving thanks once. Gratitude is the act of living in a constant state of thankfulness, and being always ready to return the kindness you witness and receive. At TOMS, we are so grateful for the work our Giving Partners do each and every day. During the Season of Thanks, they are on the top of our list. But I believe the best way to truly thank them is to reflect on our relationship; to think about…

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Locals Who Give Back: Elmer | Amsterdam

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Elmer from White Label Coffee, a specialty coffee roasters company from Amsterdam. Name:  Elmer Hometown: Amsterdam Occupation: Co-founder at White Label Coffee Hobby: Natural Wine Tell us what you enjoy most about the neighbourhood you work in? What I enjoy the most about the neighbourhood where we’ve established White Label Coffee is its diversity. It’s a developing district with a variety of stores and people. I love the raw and mixed…

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The Tomorrows Project: Brave Trails: a Leadership Camp for LGBTQ+ Youth & Allies

Employee Name: Natasha D’Agrosa Title: Giving Account Specialist/Giving Trip Lead Tomorrows Project: Brave Trails: a Leadership Camp for LGBTQ+ Youth & Allies Tagline: Funding Towards Social Entrepreneurship Tell us about Camp Brave Trails. Camp Brave Trails is a summer camp focused on leadership for the LGBTQ youth and allies community that was founded in 2014 in Southern California. The Brave Trails Mission is to provide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning youth and their allies, ages 12-20, innovative, impactful summer camp programs that foster meaningful relationships and develop 21st century skills to become the leaders of tomorrow. This past summer,…

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TOMS Optical: Meet Dr. Veronica Ruelas

July 16th, 2014 by TOMS

This past Spring we launched the TOMS Optical collection, featuring 21 new frames for prescription lenses to improve your vision and someone else’s. New York Eyewear Retailer, Artsee helped us celebrate our launch with an event at their funky eyewear boutique (which doubles as an art gallery) in the heart of NYC. Showcasing our take on timeless silhouettes that give back, the event was huge success for TOMS Eyewear. Take a look at some of our favorite photos:

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Recently, we spoke with Dr. Veronica Ruelas, (pictured above) the lead optometrist at the eye care practice located within Artsee, ThirdEyeChic Optometry. A certified yoga and mediation instructor, Dr. Veronica’s passion for health and well-being transcends through her practice in many ways. Here she tells us about ThirdEyeChic’s holistic approach to eye care- focusing on tailoring a comprehensive treatment plan for each patient including stress reduction and nutritional direction.

1. How do you bring you knowledge of yoga and meditation techniques to your patients?

I am certified as a yoga instructor and meditation practitioner and have done meditation courses all over the world. At first, I started it more for my own personal transformation and then when I started seeing the positive effects of it, I began to branch out and talk to my patients about it. We [ThirdEyeChic Optometry] put information up on our website so that our patients have resources available to them. A lot of things I talk about with my patients are not things other doctors talk about. Our offices are located in the financial district of NYC, which is kind of like the financial mecca of the world. It’s very fast paced and people are under stressful positions so I feel like I am in the perfect place to be able to give them these types of messages. I don’t do this for all my patients, I kind of feel them out at first. I also discuss their nutrition with them as I feel strongly that all dis-ease begins there. I am very passionate about all of this because there are a lot of positive attributes one can take with them and be able to use in their day-to-day lives.

2. Describe your optical store

Our optometric practice is located inside the optical boutique, Artsee, which is different in the sense that it doubles as an art gallery. It was created ten years ago with the philosophy that every three months they would feature a new up and coming artist. We are constantly having new artists come in and show their work and have art shows. People come in feeling like they are in this really cool museum. All of the optical frames at Arstee are hand made and are very much for the eyewear aficionado. Wanting to accommodate everyone we expanded our collections a little bit and brought in some frames that were a little less funky. We constantly strive to offer the highest possible customer experience. We try and understand what the patient’s personality is like and have fun with how far they are willing to go in their eyewear. Eyewear is so important because it is the first way one is expressing themselves when they meet someone.

3. You started a clinic in India, the ThirdEyeVision Foundation. Can you tell me about how it came to be, how the foundation works and what you see for its future?

Once I got certified as a yoga instructor I started traveling to Peru, India, Lebanon, Brazil – we have done many volunteer eye care missions, but the place that I connected with the most was in the Himalayas. There is a wonderful Swami there that has been running a medical clinic for decades servicing all of the surrounding villages. I was introduced to him by one of my teachers and he invited me to come check out what he was doing. The first year I went by myself. I brought 1,500 pairs of glasses and bags of medications and I ran the clinic with the help of the people that are already living there at the ashram. Every year it continues to grow. We now have a new building and facility there with an operational theatre. It is completely different than when I first started going. I taught them the importance of being a part of Rotary International – vision is one of Rotary’s passions. We started the application a couple of years ago and we got the chartered in 2011. My hope for the clinic is that it is completely sustainable and running even when I am not there. We have been in the process of training people there to be able to dispense the eyeglasses year round.

4. You founded AshramChic a yoga, meditation accessories and lifestyle line, in which a portion of all proceeds support the ThirdEyeVision Foundation. Can you tell me a little about it?

I was doing the clinic for a couple of years and I needed to start raising money. Up till then because it was self-funded and I couldn’t sustain that on my own. Even though the clinics are my passion, it was becoming bigger than myself. The opportunity came to open my own private practice so I started changing things around a little bit and started thinking about ways to raise money. Fundraising events and going out and raising money was not my specialty and I felt that there was a niche market for someone like me, the urban professional woman needing to find less stress in her life and that’s how I created Ashram Chic. It’s a yoga, meditation, and lifestyle company that teaches women how to meditate through mantra-based meditation with our fashion accessories and apparel.

5. How do you measure your success?

“Success is measured if you go to bed at night and you have peace of mind” – Paulo Coelho said this. I completely agree. I would love nothing more than for all the dreams to be manifested and to come to realization. I feel that it’s my social responsibility to do the best that I can. I would love to see Ashram Chic become an international success and for Third Eye Vision to be able to open clinics in very far, remote places. I’ve also taken a step back and learned to have fun with the process because if I keep up a super fast work pace, I am going to look like I am eighty years old in a few years! I have to be patient and do my best and understand that it is really not on my time. I want to have fun doing this, I want to inspire people along the way and help as many people as possible – that is really my goal.

6. What does being a TOM mean to you?

The common thread throughout all of the Ashram Chic products is “I AM.” That’s how we teach people about mantra-based meditation. We teach people to inhale “I AM” and exhale a virtue. All of our products feature different virtues or mantras attached to them. “I AM TOM” is a mantra. If you think about the universal thought that we are all one and we are all connected – there is no separation. Inhaling I AM and exhaling TOM is for me, all of us being one and all of us being a part of this moment.

To learn more about the TOMS Optical Collection click here. With every pair your purchase, TOMS will give sight to a person in need. One for One®.

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The Tomorrows Project: Le Recho

Employee Name: Jojanneke Goedhart Employee Job Title: Traffic and Production Coordinator Tomorrows Project Title: The Recho Project Tagline: Ten young women join forces to bring a food truck to a French refugee camp. Tell us about Le Recho. Le Recho, meaning ‘the Stove’ in English, is a non-profit food truck project started by ten young women in France. The aim of the project is to bring life to a refugee camp in France through cooking workshops and meals.  The project hopes to create bonds and help foster the integration of refugees. I first heard about Le Recho through a good…

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TRAVELING TOMS: @wearetravellersnl

We are always inspired to see where people go in their TOMS, not least because every experience is an expression of gratitude – both while travelling and in everyday life. This time we introduce you to Roëll, a traveller in heart and soul, and founder of one of the best known online travel magazines in the Netherlands: We Are Travellers. Name: Roëll de Ram Hometown: Utrecht Occupation: Travel blogger Hobbies: Travel, dancing, photography and cooking or trying out dishes in new restaurants Where do your TOMS take you? This time my TOMS took me to the Big Apple, the “concrete…

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The Tomorrows Project: FEDUP

Employee Name: Marlon Pearce Title: Sr. Merchandise Planner Tomorrows Project: FEDUP Tagline: Spreading Hope for the Homeless What is your Tomorrows Project? For my Tomorrows Project, I am supporting FEDUP, an outreach program for LA’s homeless population that provides food, supplies, and a sense of HOPE through comfort and conversation. There are over 41,000 people in LA county who sleep on the streets or shelters every night and that population has increased by 11% from 2015. My Tomorrows Project is funding updating FEDUP’s website, organizing five meal giveaway events and providing basic supplies (tents, sleeping bags, etc) to the most…

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Locals Who Give Back: Kestutis | Lithuania

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, by how they show gratitude and give back to their communities every day. This time let us introduce you to Kestutis Navickas, Kestutis Navickas, 32, is Lithuanian badminton champion and a great giver, who is constantly initiating and supporting different charitable initiatives related to kids, predominantly raising money to cancer-related funds. Name:  Kestutis Navickas Hometown: Kaunas Occupation: Badminton professional and coacher Hobby: Fashion What do you enjoy the most about the environment you work in? I mostly enjoy the possibility to meet international, successful people with creative and interesting characters, people working…

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Passport Rewards Members Support Disaster Relief

This month we are celebrating by sharing gratitude for our TOMS Tribe. One initiative you may have noticed recently on our Passport Rewards is the ability to give back to events or needs, immediately! This is initiative was the quick thinking of our Ecommerce Team. Today, we wanted to share a special note of thanks. Thank you to our loyal Passport Rewards members! Your stamps toward Giving rewards helped TOMS support the following organizations and programs provide immediate response to those in need. We are happy to share that most recently funds have been dispersed to the following organizations to…

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Grateful for Our Partners

The holidays provide a special time to count our blessings and express thanks. But it is important to remember that gratitude is more than giving thanks once. Gratitude is the act of living in a constant state of thankfulness, and being always ready to return the kindness you witness and receive. At TOMS, we are so grateful for the work our Giving Partners do each and every day. During the Season of Thanks, they are on the top of our list. But I believe the best way to truly thank them is to reflect on our relationship; to think about…

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Locals Who Give Back: Elmer | Amsterdam

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Elmer from White Label Coffee, a specialty coffee roasters company from Amsterdam. Name:  Elmer Hometown: Amsterdam Occupation: Co-founder at White Label Coffee Hobby: Natural Wine Tell us what you enjoy most about the neighbourhood you work in? What I enjoy the most about the neighbourhood where we’ve established White Label Coffee is its diversity. It’s a developing district with a variety of stores and people. I love the raw and mixed…

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The Tomorrows Project: Brave Trails: a Leadership Camp for LGBTQ+ Youth & Allies

Employee Name: Natasha D’Agrosa Title: Giving Account Specialist/Giving Trip Lead Tomorrows Project: Brave Trails: a Leadership Camp for LGBTQ+ Youth & Allies Tagline: Funding Towards Social Entrepreneurship Tell us about Camp Brave Trails. Camp Brave Trails is a summer camp focused on leadership for the LGBTQ youth and allies community that was founded in 2014 in Southern California. The Brave Trails Mission is to provide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning youth and their allies, ages 12-20, innovative, impactful summer camp programs that foster meaningful relationships and develop 21st century skills to become the leaders of tomorrow. This past summer,…

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The Tomorrows Project: Le Recho

Employee Name: Jojanneke Goedhart Employee Job Title: Traffic and Production Coordinator Tomorrows Project Title: The Recho Project Tagline: Ten young women join forces to bring a food truck to a French refugee camp. Tell us about Le Recho. Le Recho, meaning ‘the Stove’ in English, is a non-profit food truck project started by ten young women in France. The aim of the project is to bring life to a refugee camp in France through cooking workshops and meals.  The project hopes to create bonds and help foster the integration of refugees. I first heard about Le Recho through a good…

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TRAVELING TOMS: @wearetravellersnl

We are always inspired to see where people go in their TOMS, not least because every experience is an expression of gratitude – both while travelling and in everyday life. This time we introduce you to Roëll, a traveller in heart and soul, and founder of one of the best known online travel magazines in the Netherlands: We Are Travellers. Name: Roëll de Ram Hometown: Utrecht Occupation: Travel blogger Hobbies: Travel, dancing, photography and cooking or trying out dishes in new restaurants Where do your TOMS take you? This time my TOMS took me to the Big Apple, the “concrete…

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The Tomorrows Project: FEDUP

Employee Name: Marlon Pearce Title: Sr. Merchandise Planner Tomorrows Project: FEDUP Tagline: Spreading Hope for the Homeless What is your Tomorrows Project? For my Tomorrows Project, I am supporting FEDUP, an outreach program for LA’s homeless population that provides food, supplies, and a sense of HOPE through comfort and conversation. There are over 41,000 people in LA county who sleep on the streets or shelters every night and that population has increased by 11% from 2015. My Tomorrows Project is funding updating FEDUP’s website, organizing five meal giveaway events and providing basic supplies (tents, sleeping bags, etc) to the most…

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Locals Who Give Back: Kestutis | Lithuania

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, by how they show gratitude and give back to their communities every day. This time let us introduce you to Kestutis Navickas, Kestutis Navickas, 32, is Lithuanian badminton champion and a great giver, who is constantly initiating and supporting different charitable initiatives related to kids, predominantly raising money to cancer-related funds. Name:  Kestutis Navickas Hometown: Kaunas Occupation: Badminton professional and coacher Hobby: Fashion What do you enjoy the most about the environment you work in? I mostly enjoy the possibility to meet international, successful people with creative and interesting characters, people working…

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Passport Rewards Members Support Disaster Relief

This month we are celebrating by sharing gratitude for our TOMS Tribe. One initiative you may have noticed recently on our Passport Rewards is the ability to give back to events or needs, immediately! This is initiative was the quick thinking of our Ecommerce Team. Today, we wanted to share a special note of thanks. Thank you to our loyal Passport Rewards members! Your stamps toward Giving rewards helped TOMS support the following organizations and programs provide immediate response to those in need. We are happy to share that most recently funds have been dispersed to the following organizations to…

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Grateful for Our Partners

The holidays provide a special time to count our blessings and express thanks. But it is important to remember that gratitude is more than giving thanks once. Gratitude is the act of living in a constant state of thankfulness, and being always ready to return the kindness you witness and receive. At TOMS, we are so grateful for the work our Giving Partners do each and every day. During the Season of Thanks, they are on the top of our list. But I believe the best way to truly thank them is to reflect on our relationship; to think about…

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Locals Who Give Back: Elmer | Amsterdam

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Elmer from White Label Coffee, a specialty coffee roasters company from Amsterdam. Name:  Elmer Hometown: Amsterdam Occupation: Co-founder at White Label Coffee Hobby: Natural Wine Tell us what you enjoy most about the neighbourhood you work in? What I enjoy the most about the neighbourhood where we’ve established White Label Coffee is its diversity. It’s a developing district with a variety of stores and people. I love the raw and mixed…

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The Tomorrows Project: Brave Trails: a Leadership Camp for LGBTQ+ Youth & Allies

Employee Name: Natasha D’Agrosa Title: Giving Account Specialist/Giving Trip Lead Tomorrows Project: Brave Trails: a Leadership Camp for LGBTQ+ Youth & Allies Tagline: Funding Towards Social Entrepreneurship Tell us about Camp Brave Trails. Camp Brave Trails is a summer camp focused on leadership for the LGBTQ youth and allies community that was founded in 2014 in Southern California. The Brave Trails Mission is to provide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning youth and their allies, ages 12-20, innovative, impactful summer camp programs that foster meaningful relationships and develop 21st century skills to become the leaders of tomorrow. This past summer,…

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The Tomorrows Project: Le Recho

Employee Name: Jojanneke Goedhart Employee Job Title: Traffic and Production Coordinator Tomorrows Project Title: The Recho Project Tagline: Ten young women join forces to bring a food truck to a French refugee camp. Tell us about Le Recho. Le Recho, meaning ‘the Stove’ in English, is a non-profit food truck project started by ten young women in France. The aim of the project is to bring life to a refugee camp in France through cooking workshops and meals.  The project hopes to create bonds and help foster the integration of refugees. I first heard about Le Recho through a good…

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TRAVELING TOMS: @wearetravellersnl

We are always inspired to see where people go in their TOMS, not least because every experience is an expression of gratitude – both while travelling and in everyday life. This time we introduce you to Roëll, a traveller in heart and soul, and founder of one of the best known online travel magazines in the Netherlands: We Are Travellers. Name: Roëll de Ram Hometown: Utrecht Occupation: Travel blogger Hobbies: Travel, dancing, photography and cooking or trying out dishes in new restaurants Where do your TOMS take you? This time my TOMS took me to the Big Apple, the “concrete…

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The Tomorrows Project: FEDUP

Employee Name: Marlon Pearce Title: Sr. Merchandise Planner Tomorrows Project: FEDUP Tagline: Spreading Hope for the Homeless What is your Tomorrows Project? For my Tomorrows Project, I am supporting FEDUP, an outreach program for LA’s homeless population that provides food, supplies, and a sense of HOPE through comfort and conversation. There are over 41,000 people in LA county who sleep on the streets or shelters every night and that population has increased by 11% from 2015. My Tomorrows Project is funding updating FEDUP’s website, organizing five meal giveaway events and providing basic supplies (tents, sleeping bags, etc) to the most…

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Locals Who Give Back: Kestutis | Lithuania

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, by how they show gratitude and give back to their communities every day. This time let us introduce you to Kestutis Navickas, Kestutis Navickas, 32, is Lithuanian badminton champion and a great giver, who is constantly initiating and supporting different charitable initiatives related to kids, predominantly raising money to cancer-related funds. Name:  Kestutis Navickas Hometown: Kaunas Occupation: Badminton professional and coacher Hobby: Fashion What do you enjoy the most about the environment you work in? I mostly enjoy the possibility to meet international, successful people with creative and interesting characters, people working…

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Passport Rewards Members Support Disaster Relief

This month we are celebrating by sharing gratitude for our TOMS Tribe. One initiative you may have noticed recently on our Passport Rewards is the ability to give back to events or needs, immediately! This is initiative was the quick thinking of our Ecommerce Team. Today, we wanted to share a special note of thanks. Thank you to our loyal Passport Rewards members! Your stamps toward Giving rewards helped TOMS support the following organizations and programs provide immediate response to those in need. We are happy to share that most recently funds have been dispersed to the following organizations to…

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Grateful for Our Partners

The holidays provide a special time to count our blessings and express thanks. But it is important to remember that gratitude is more than giving thanks once. Gratitude is the act of living in a constant state of thankfulness, and being always ready to return the kindness you witness and receive. At TOMS, we are so grateful for the work our Giving Partners do each and every day. During the Season of Thanks, they are on the top of our list. But I believe the best way to truly thank them is to reflect on our relationship; to think about…

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Locals Who Give Back: Elmer | Amsterdam

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Elmer from White Label Coffee, a specialty coffee roasters company from Amsterdam. Name:  Elmer Hometown: Amsterdam Occupation: Co-founder at White Label Coffee Hobby: Natural Wine Tell us what you enjoy most about the neighbourhood you work in? What I enjoy the most about the neighbourhood where we’ve established White Label Coffee is its diversity. It’s a developing district with a variety of stores and people. I love the raw and mixed…

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The Tomorrows Project: Brave Trails: a Leadership Camp for LGBTQ+ Youth & Allies

Employee Name: Natasha D’Agrosa Title: Giving Account Specialist/Giving Trip Lead Tomorrows Project: Brave Trails: a Leadership Camp for LGBTQ+ Youth & Allies Tagline: Funding Towards Social Entrepreneurship Tell us about Camp Brave Trails. Camp Brave Trails is a summer camp focused on leadership for the LGBTQ youth and allies community that was founded in 2014 in Southern California. The Brave Trails Mission is to provide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning youth and their allies, ages 12-20, innovative, impactful summer camp programs that foster meaningful relationships and develop 21st century skills to become the leaders of tomorrow. This past summer,…

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The Tomorrows Project: Le Recho

Employee Name: Jojanneke Goedhart Employee Job Title: Traffic and Production Coordinator Tomorrows Project Title: The Recho Project Tagline: Ten young women join forces to bring a food truck to a French refugee camp. Tell us about Le Recho. Le Recho, meaning ‘the Stove’ in English, is a non-profit food truck project started by ten young women in France. The aim of the project is to bring life to a refugee camp in France through cooking workshops and meals.  The project hopes to create bonds and help foster the integration of refugees. I first heard about Le Recho through a good…

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TRAVELING TOMS: @wearetravellersnl

We are always inspired to see where people go in their TOMS, not least because every experience is an expression of gratitude – both while travelling and in everyday life. This time we introduce you to Roëll, a traveller in heart and soul, and founder of one of the best known online travel magazines in the Netherlands: We Are Travellers. Name: Roëll de Ram Hometown: Utrecht Occupation: Travel blogger Hobbies: Travel, dancing, photography and cooking or trying out dishes in new restaurants Where do your TOMS take you? This time my TOMS took me to the Big Apple, the “concrete…

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The Tomorrows Project: FEDUP

Employee Name: Marlon Pearce Title: Sr. Merchandise Planner Tomorrows Project: FEDUP Tagline: Spreading Hope for the Homeless What is your Tomorrows Project? For my Tomorrows Project, I am supporting FEDUP, an outreach program for LA’s homeless population that provides food, supplies, and a sense of HOPE through comfort and conversation. There are over 41,000 people in LA county who sleep on the streets or shelters every night and that population has increased by 11% from 2015. My Tomorrows Project is funding updating FEDUP’s website, organizing five meal giveaway events and providing basic supplies (tents, sleeping bags, etc) to the most…

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Locals Who Give Back: Kestutis | Lithuania

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, by how they show gratitude and give back to their communities every day. This time let us introduce you to Kestutis Navickas, Kestutis Navickas, 32, is Lithuanian badminton champion and a great giver, who is constantly initiating and supporting different charitable initiatives related to kids, predominantly raising money to cancer-related funds. Name:  Kestutis Navickas Hometown: Kaunas Occupation: Badminton professional and coacher Hobby: Fashion What do you enjoy the most about the environment you work in? I mostly enjoy the possibility to meet international, successful people with creative and interesting characters, people working…

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Passport Rewards Members Support Disaster Relief

This month we are celebrating by sharing gratitude for our TOMS Tribe. One initiative you may have noticed recently on our Passport Rewards is the ability to give back to events or needs, immediately! This is initiative was the quick thinking of our Ecommerce Team. Today, we wanted to share a special note of thanks. Thank you to our loyal Passport Rewards members! Your stamps toward Giving rewards helped TOMS support the following organizations and programs provide immediate response to those in need. We are happy to share that most recently funds have been dispersed to the following organizations to…

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Grateful for Our Partners

The holidays provide a special time to count our blessings and express thanks. But it is important to remember that gratitude is more than giving thanks once. Gratitude is the act of living in a constant state of thankfulness, and being always ready to return the kindness you witness and receive. At TOMS, we are so grateful for the work our Giving Partners do each and every day. During the Season of Thanks, they are on the top of our list. But I believe the best way to truly thank them is to reflect on our relationship; to think about…

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Locals Who Give Back: Elmer | Amsterdam

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Elmer from White Label Coffee, a specialty coffee roasters company from Amsterdam. Name:  Elmer Hometown: Amsterdam Occupation: Co-founder at White Label Coffee Hobby: Natural Wine Tell us what you enjoy most about the neighbourhood you work in? What I enjoy the most about the neighbourhood where we’ve established White Label Coffee is its diversity. It’s a developing district with a variety of stores and people. I love the raw and mixed…

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The Tomorrows Project: Brave Trails: a Leadership Camp for LGBTQ+ Youth & Allies

Employee Name: Natasha D’Agrosa Title: Giving Account Specialist/Giving Trip Lead Tomorrows Project: Brave Trails: a Leadership Camp for LGBTQ+ Youth & Allies Tagline: Funding Towards Social Entrepreneurship Tell us about Camp Brave Trails. Camp Brave Trails is a summer camp focused on leadership for the LGBTQ youth and allies community that was founded in 2014 in Southern California. The Brave Trails Mission is to provide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning youth and their allies, ages 12-20, innovative, impactful summer camp programs that foster meaningful relationships and develop 21st century skills to become the leaders of tomorrow. This past summer,…

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