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Locals Who Give Back: Judith | Amsterdam

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today we meet Judith, who set up the restaurant Geef Amsterdam based on the ‘pay as you can’ concept: a social non-profit restaurant where the customer decides on what they give in payment. There are no prices on the menu, since this is determined by the customer. And in addition to your donation, you also give a meal. Judith has written a book about the concept called Tijd voor Nieuwe Zaken…

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Saving Sight in Cambodia: Din’s Story

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Read more about Din, a farmer from Cambodia, who had his sight restored: Din is a 55-year-old farmer that lives with his wife and six children near Battambang, Cambodia.  He started to lose his eyesight three years ago but it became a serious problem for him in the last year. Din and his family tend a small patch of land and grows rice. Without sight,…

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Employee Giving Experience: Erik, TOMS Eyewear

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Today’s post was written by TOMS Eyewear Merchandiser and Product Developer, Erik!   I started at TOMS five years ago, just after TOMS Eyewear launched. I’ve had an amazing time building the collection to what it is today. One of my favorite things about TOMS Eyewear is how we give to restore sight. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to travel the world,…

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Seva: World Sight Day 2016

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Today’s story comes to us from Sight Giving Partner, Seva Foundation and their Program Grants Coordinator, Maggie Vizcarra: I have a morning routine. After snoozing my alarm two or six times, I get out of bed blurry and bleary eyed. I put on my glasses to fix the blur and make a strong cup of coffee to combat the blear. I’ve been wearing glasses and…

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Locals Who Give Back: Ed | London

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 Ed Vickers founder of Jollie Goods. Ed who, whilst a student at University, became frustrated when walking past the same people every day who were sleeping rough and not knowing how he could help. This frustration led him to help out at a homeless charity where he soon realised the serious demand for fresh pairs of socks. He saw how far a simple change of socks could go…

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LOCALS WHO GIVE BACK: Lotte | Amsterdam

We are always inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today you will meet Lotte Rensen, who developed a special handbook called ‘Hand-in-handleiding’. This handbook helps young cancer patients talk about their disease in such a way that they stay in control of all fundamental issues and can hold on to the people who are important to them. Name: Lotte Rensen Residence: Lives in Amsterdam, works in Nijmegen Occupation: Design Researcher Hobbies: Museum visits, ballet, poetry What inspires you most in…

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Locals Who Give Back: Caroline | Brussels

Giving back to society, and being caring and attentive towards our community are key values that we strive to celebrate every day. Hopefully this will inspire you to do the same today. We’re delighted to share with you the story of an entrepreneur who cherishes these values and applies them to her daily life, in her own personal way. Meet Caroline Weiler and read about her story. Name: Caroline Weiler Lives in: Brussels Occupation: Visual Storyteller/Creative director of Visual Story Mapping; Co-founder of the Travel Storytelling Festival Hobbies: Travel, meetings, entrepreneurship, well-being, music, co-living, writing What makes the area in…

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Locals who give back: Maximilian | Berlin

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 Max, one of the co-founders of Goodnity. After his studies at the German business school WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, he and his co-founder Marc started their own business in Berlin. With Goodnity, they follow the mission to build a healthy business with strong social impact. Goodnity provides the chance to contribute to social causes on a daily basis without having to spend your own money…

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TravelingTOMS: @SylvieFarr

We are always inspired to see the places our customers go wearing TOMS, especially the way that every experience is a token of gratitude, both while travelling and day-to-day. This time, let us introduce you to Sylvie, a passionate, nomad and entrepreneur who works in the field of music and travel. Name: Sylvie Farr City: Brussels Occupation: Band manager, writer of the personalised travel diaries “Hit The Road Book“ and cofounder of the Travel Storytelling Festival. Hobby:  Travel diaries. I love travelling, exploring, meeting people, and setting challenges for myself. I never go out without my notebook and a few of my favorite…

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Education and the Importance of Sight

Dr. Corey Hodes is a Los Angeles-based optometrist working with TOMS Sight Giving Partner Helen Keller International’s ChildSight program. We’re excited to have Dr. Hodes share his story with you as a ChildSight® optometrist and why vision is so important for a child’s future in education. Vision is the most important aspect in learning and education. But each year in the United States, two million children suffer from uncorrected refractive errors. Without glasses, these children struggle in school because they are unable to clearly focus on the white-board, reading material, classroom lectures or homework assignments. A simple pair of prescription…

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Profiles in One for One: Dr. Mariano Yee, founder of Visualiza Eye Care Center

After wrapping up his studies in ophthalmology in 2002, Dr. Mariano Yee founded the Visualiza Eye Care System with the help of his brother, Nicolás, and his wife, Kimberly, to provide high-quality eye care in Guatemala City. Moved by Guatemalan’s in need of eye care, but unable to access or afford it, Dr. Mariano and his staff expanded Visualiza in 2005 to offer public eye care services. Following Aravind’s model — the world’s largest eye care system, Visualiza’s paying patients subsidize those that cannot afford care. In 2012, Visualiza became a TOMS Sight Giving Partner. Read on as Dr. Mariano tells…

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Introducing TOMS Sight Giving Partner Visualiza

Since 1995, Visualiza Eye Care Center, has provided high-quality eye care to people in Guatemala City and beyond. In 2002, the then-private clinic expanded to offer public services for local people in need. The evolution of Visualiza’s services meant they could access eye care at an affordable rate; their fees were subsidized by Visualiza’s private side. It was the first time this had been done in Latin America. Despite the many critics, Dr. Mariano Yee and his staff have successfully run the social and private clinic at the same time, providing the same high quality of service to each patient,…

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Heba Receives New Prescription Glasses

At TOMS, our mission to restore sight is fueled by the effectiveness of treatment. That’s why we currently work with 17 Sight Giving Partners to help eliminate avoidable blindness and restore sight in 13 countries worldwide. Around the globe, uncorrected refractive error is one of the leading causes of visual impairment. Refractive errors develop when the eye has difficulty focusing on objects clearly. Whether the trouble is with objects that are near or far, the resulting blurred vision can cause visual impairment at any age. While refractive errors cannot be prevented, they can be treated — starting with an eye…

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With a Father’s Sight Restored, a Family Rejoices

Name: Habibur Age: 40 Country: Bangladesh Sight Giving Partner: Quasem Foundation, Marium Eye Hospital In 2010, Habibur, a worker at a biscuit production factory in Bangladesh, began losing sight in his right eye due to cataract. By 2012, he also lost sight in his other eye, causing him to be bilaterally blind. Unable to see and perform his work every day, Habibur eventually lost his job, causing his family’s household income to suffer. As a result, his wife could no longer tend to the children and returned to work as a housemaid so she could support the family. After receiving…

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Meet TOM: Andrea, from Sight Giving Partner Visualiza

Allow us to introduce TOM. Her name is Andrea. For Andrea, a high-profile job in advertising making television commercials wasn’t enough – she was driven by a desire to help others. So she joined Visualiza Eye Care Center, which operates an ophthalmology center that helps provide free and affordable eye care to people in need. Since 2002, Visualiza has provided high-quality eye care to people in Guatemala City and beyond. In 2005, the then-private clinic expanded to offer public services for local people in need. The evolution of Visualiza’s services meant they could access to eye care at an affordable…

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What are Cataracts?

Looking through the window nearly two years ago, Sanh Sorng, 71 from Cambodia, noticed that everything he saw was blurry. The vision in both of his eyes was deteriorating and everything looked like it was filtered through a smoke-like screen. Upon visiting the Battambang Eye Unit and receiving a full eye exam, he was told he had cataract in both eyes. Cataract is the leading global cause of blindness, responsible for 51% of vision loss worldwide. Cataract is the clouding of the lens of the eye, which can cause a blockage in the passage of light. It results in blurry…

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Introducing Africa by Sarah T.

This Spring, we’re excited to take you along on a journey we recently had in East Africa. From Shoe Giving in the hills of Rwanda to visiting rural eye clinics in Tanzania, our trip was jam-packed with adventure and opportunities to learn about the incredible work our TOMS Giving Partners are doing on the ground every day. Today, we’re handing the floor over to Sarah, a Giving Account Specialist at TOMS, who has a focus on building relationships with our Partners in Africa. She has a wealth of knowledge on East Africa and helped guide us along the journey. Take…

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Saving sight in Ethiopia: Tajitu’s story

Name: Tajitu Age: 65 Location: Gimbi, Ethiopia Giving Partner: Light for the World For more than a year, Tajitu believed she could no longer see just because she was getting older. At 65, her husband and three children — two elder boys and one young girl —took care of her; helping to feed and dress her, and assisting in Tajitu’s daily activities. Over time, her impaired vision became unbearable; a major challenge to her entire family, who earns an income from a small farm that produces coffee products. Tajitu’s eldest son, who works for the government in a town called…

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Locals Who Give Back: Judith | Amsterdam

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today we meet Judith, who set up the restaurant Geef Amsterdam based on the ‘pay as you can’ concept: a social non-profit restaurant where the customer decides on what they give in payment. There are no prices on the menu, since this is determined by the customer. And in addition to your donation, you also give a meal. Judith has written a book about the concept called Tijd voor Nieuwe Zaken…

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Saving Sight in Cambodia: Din’s Story

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Read more about Din, a farmer from Cambodia, who had his sight restored: Din is a 55-year-old farmer that lives with his wife and six children near Battambang, Cambodia.  He started to lose his eyesight three years ago but it became a serious problem for him in the last year. Din and his family tend a small patch of land and grows rice. Without sight,…

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Employee Giving Experience: Erik, TOMS Eyewear

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Today’s post was written by TOMS Eyewear Merchandiser and Product Developer, Erik!   I started at TOMS five years ago, just after TOMS Eyewear launched. I’ve had an amazing time building the collection to what it is today. One of my favorite things about TOMS Eyewear is how we give to restore sight. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to travel the world,…

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Seva: World Sight Day 2016

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Today’s story comes to us from Sight Giving Partner, Seva Foundation and their Program Grants Coordinator, Maggie Vizcarra: I have a morning routine. After snoozing my alarm two or six times, I get out of bed blurry and bleary eyed. I put on my glasses to fix the blur and make a strong cup of coffee to combat the blear. I’ve been wearing glasses and…

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Locals Who Give Back: Ed | London

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 Ed Vickers founder of Jollie Goods. Ed who, whilst a student at University, became frustrated when walking past the same people every day who were sleeping rough and not knowing how he could help. This frustration led him to help out at a homeless charity where he soon realised the serious demand for fresh pairs of socks. He saw how far a simple change of socks could go…

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LOCALS WHO GIVE BACK: Lotte | Amsterdam

We are always inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today you will meet Lotte Rensen, who developed a special handbook called ‘Hand-in-handleiding’. This handbook helps young cancer patients talk about their disease in such a way that they stay in control of all fundamental issues and can hold on to the people who are important to them. Name: Lotte Rensen Residence: Lives in Amsterdam, works in Nijmegen Occupation: Design Researcher Hobbies: Museum visits, ballet, poetry What inspires you most in…

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Locals Who Give Back: Caroline | Brussels

Giving back to society, and being caring and attentive towards our community are key values that we strive to celebrate every day. Hopefully this will inspire you to do the same today. We’re delighted to share with you the story of an entrepreneur who cherishes these values and applies them to her daily life, in her own personal way. Meet Caroline Weiler and read about her story. Name: Caroline Weiler Lives in: Brussels Occupation: Visual Storyteller/Creative director of Visual Story Mapping; Co-founder of the Travel Storytelling Festival Hobbies: Travel, meetings, entrepreneurship, well-being, music, co-living, writing What makes the area in…

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Locals who give back: Maximilian | Berlin

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 Max, one of the co-founders of Goodnity. After his studies at the German business school WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, he and his co-founder Marc started their own business in Berlin. With Goodnity, they follow the mission to build a healthy business with strong social impact. Goodnity provides the chance to contribute to social causes on a daily basis without having to spend your own money…

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TravelingTOMS: @SylvieFarr

We are always inspired to see the places our customers go wearing TOMS, especially the way that every experience is a token of gratitude, both while travelling and day-to-day. This time, let us introduce you to Sylvie, a passionate, nomad and entrepreneur who works in the field of music and travel. Name: Sylvie Farr City: Brussels Occupation: Band manager, writer of the personalised travel diaries “Hit The Road Book“ and cofounder of the Travel Storytelling Festival. Hobby:  Travel diaries. I love travelling, exploring, meeting people, and setting challenges for myself. I never go out without my notebook and a few of my favorite…

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Locals Who Give Back: Judith | Amsterdam

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today we meet Judith, who set up the restaurant Geef Amsterdam based on the ‘pay as you can’ concept: a social non-profit restaurant where the customer decides on what they give in payment. There are no prices on the menu, since this is determined by the customer. And in addition to your donation, you also give a meal. Judith has written a book about the concept called Tijd voor Nieuwe Zaken…

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Saving Sight in Cambodia: Din’s Story

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Read more about Din, a farmer from Cambodia, who had his sight restored: Din is a 55-year-old farmer that lives with his wife and six children near Battambang, Cambodia.  He started to lose his eyesight three years ago but it became a serious problem for him in the last year. Din and his family tend a small patch of land and grows rice. Without sight,…

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Employee Giving Experience: Erik, TOMS Eyewear

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Today’s post was written by TOMS Eyewear Merchandiser and Product Developer, Erik!   I started at TOMS five years ago, just after TOMS Eyewear launched. I’ve had an amazing time building the collection to what it is today. One of my favorite things about TOMS Eyewear is how we give to restore sight. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to travel the world,…

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Seva: World Sight Day 2016

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Today’s story comes to us from Sight Giving Partner, Seva Foundation and their Program Grants Coordinator, Maggie Vizcarra: I have a morning routine. After snoozing my alarm two or six times, I get out of bed blurry and bleary eyed. I put on my glasses to fix the blur and make a strong cup of coffee to combat the blear. I’ve been wearing glasses and…

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Locals Who Give Back: Ed | London

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 Ed Vickers founder of Jollie Goods. Ed who, whilst a student at University, became frustrated when walking past the same people every day who were sleeping rough and not knowing how he could help. This frustration led him to help out at a homeless charity where he soon realised the serious demand for fresh pairs of socks. He saw how far a simple change of socks could go…

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LOCALS WHO GIVE BACK: Lotte | Amsterdam

We are always inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today you will meet Lotte Rensen, who developed a special handbook called ‘Hand-in-handleiding’. This handbook helps young cancer patients talk about their disease in such a way that they stay in control of all fundamental issues and can hold on to the people who are important to them. Name: Lotte Rensen Residence: Lives in Amsterdam, works in Nijmegen Occupation: Design Researcher Hobbies: Museum visits, ballet, poetry What inspires you most in…

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Locals Who Give Back: Caroline | Brussels

Giving back to society, and being caring and attentive towards our community are key values that we strive to celebrate every day. Hopefully this will inspire you to do the same today. We’re delighted to share with you the story of an entrepreneur who cherishes these values and applies them to her daily life, in her own personal way. Meet Caroline Weiler and read about her story. Name: Caroline Weiler Lives in: Brussels Occupation: Visual Storyteller/Creative director of Visual Story Mapping; Co-founder of the Travel Storytelling Festival Hobbies: Travel, meetings, entrepreneurship, well-being, music, co-living, writing What makes the area in…

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Locals who give back: Maximilian | Berlin

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 Max, one of the co-founders of Goodnity. After his studies at the German business school WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, he and his co-founder Marc started their own business in Berlin. With Goodnity, they follow the mission to build a healthy business with strong social impact. Goodnity provides the chance to contribute to social causes on a daily basis without having to spend your own money…

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TravelingTOMS: @SylvieFarr

We are always inspired to see the places our customers go wearing TOMS, especially the way that every experience is a token of gratitude, both while travelling and day-to-day. This time, let us introduce you to Sylvie, a passionate, nomad and entrepreneur who works in the field of music and travel. Name: Sylvie Farr City: Brussels Occupation: Band manager, writer of the personalised travel diaries “Hit The Road Book“ and cofounder of the Travel Storytelling Festival. Hobby:  Travel diaries. I love travelling, exploring, meeting people, and setting challenges for myself. I never go out without my notebook and a few of my favorite…

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Locals Who Give Back: Judith | Amsterdam

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today we meet Judith, who set up the restaurant Geef Amsterdam based on the ‘pay as you can’ concept: a social non-profit restaurant where the customer decides on what they give in payment. There are no prices on the menu, since this is determined by the customer. And in addition to your donation, you also give a meal. Judith has written a book about the concept called Tijd voor Nieuwe Zaken…

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Saving Sight in Cambodia: Din’s Story

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Read more about Din, a farmer from Cambodia, who had his sight restored: Din is a 55-year-old farmer that lives with his wife and six children near Battambang, Cambodia.  He started to lose his eyesight three years ago but it became a serious problem for him in the last year. Din and his family tend a small patch of land and grows rice. Without sight,…

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Employee Giving Experience: Erik, TOMS Eyewear

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Today’s post was written by TOMS Eyewear Merchandiser and Product Developer, Erik!   I started at TOMS five years ago, just after TOMS Eyewear launched. I’ve had an amazing time building the collection to what it is today. One of my favorite things about TOMS Eyewear is how we give to restore sight. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to travel the world,…

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Seva: World Sight Day 2016

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Today’s story comes to us from Sight Giving Partner, Seva Foundation and their Program Grants Coordinator, Maggie Vizcarra: I have a morning routine. After snoozing my alarm two or six times, I get out of bed blurry and bleary eyed. I put on my glasses to fix the blur and make a strong cup of coffee to combat the blear. I’ve been wearing glasses and…

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Locals Who Give Back: Ed | London

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 Ed Vickers founder of Jollie Goods. Ed who, whilst a student at University, became frustrated when walking past the same people every day who were sleeping rough and not knowing how he could help. This frustration led him to help out at a homeless charity where he soon realised the serious demand for fresh pairs of socks. He saw how far a simple change of socks could go…

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LOCALS WHO GIVE BACK: Lotte | Amsterdam

We are always inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today you will meet Lotte Rensen, who developed a special handbook called ‘Hand-in-handleiding’. This handbook helps young cancer patients talk about their disease in such a way that they stay in control of all fundamental issues and can hold on to the people who are important to them. Name: Lotte Rensen Residence: Lives in Amsterdam, works in Nijmegen Occupation: Design Researcher Hobbies: Museum visits, ballet, poetry What inspires you most in…

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Locals Who Give Back: Caroline | Brussels

Giving back to society, and being caring and attentive towards our community are key values that we strive to celebrate every day. Hopefully this will inspire you to do the same today. We’re delighted to share with you the story of an entrepreneur who cherishes these values and applies them to her daily life, in her own personal way. Meet Caroline Weiler and read about her story. Name: Caroline Weiler Lives in: Brussels Occupation: Visual Storyteller/Creative director of Visual Story Mapping; Co-founder of the Travel Storytelling Festival Hobbies: Travel, meetings, entrepreneurship, well-being, music, co-living, writing What makes the area in…

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Locals who give back: Maximilian | Berlin

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 Max, one of the co-founders of Goodnity. After his studies at the German business school WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, he and his co-founder Marc started their own business in Berlin. With Goodnity, they follow the mission to build a healthy business with strong social impact. Goodnity provides the chance to contribute to social causes on a daily basis without having to spend your own money…

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TravelingTOMS: @SylvieFarr

We are always inspired to see the places our customers go wearing TOMS, especially the way that every experience is a token of gratitude, both while travelling and day-to-day. This time, let us introduce you to Sylvie, a passionate, nomad and entrepreneur who works in the field of music and travel. Name: Sylvie Farr City: Brussels Occupation: Band manager, writer of the personalised travel diaries “Hit The Road Book“ and cofounder of the Travel Storytelling Festival. Hobby:  Travel diaries. I love travelling, exploring, meeting people, and setting challenges for myself. I never go out without my notebook and a few of my favorite…

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Locals Who Give Back: Judith | Amsterdam

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today we meet Judith, who set up the restaurant Geef Amsterdam based on the ‘pay as you can’ concept: a social non-profit restaurant where the customer decides on what they give in payment. There are no prices on the menu, since this is determined by the customer. And in addition to your donation, you also give a meal. Judith has written a book about the concept called Tijd voor Nieuwe Zaken…

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Saving Sight in Cambodia: Din’s Story

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Read more about Din, a farmer from Cambodia, who had his sight restored: Din is a 55-year-old farmer that lives with his wife and six children near Battambang, Cambodia.  He started to lose his eyesight three years ago but it became a serious problem for him in the last year. Din and his family tend a small patch of land and grows rice. Without sight,…

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Employee Giving Experience: Erik, TOMS Eyewear

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Today’s post was written by TOMS Eyewear Merchandiser and Product Developer, Erik!   I started at TOMS five years ago, just after TOMS Eyewear launched. I’ve had an amazing time building the collection to what it is today. One of my favorite things about TOMS Eyewear is how we give to restore sight. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to travel the world,…

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Seva: World Sight Day 2016

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Today’s story comes to us from Sight Giving Partner, Seva Foundation and their Program Grants Coordinator, Maggie Vizcarra: I have a morning routine. After snoozing my alarm two or six times, I get out of bed blurry and bleary eyed. I put on my glasses to fix the blur and make a strong cup of coffee to combat the blear. I’ve been wearing glasses and…

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Locals Who Give Back: Ed | London

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 Ed Vickers founder of Jollie Goods. Ed who, whilst a student at University, became frustrated when walking past the same people every day who were sleeping rough and not knowing how he could help. This frustration led him to help out at a homeless charity where he soon realised the serious demand for fresh pairs of socks. He saw how far a simple change of socks could go…

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LOCALS WHO GIVE BACK: Lotte | Amsterdam

We are always inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today you will meet Lotte Rensen, who developed a special handbook called ‘Hand-in-handleiding’. This handbook helps young cancer patients talk about their disease in such a way that they stay in control of all fundamental issues and can hold on to the people who are important to them. Name: Lotte Rensen Residence: Lives in Amsterdam, works in Nijmegen Occupation: Design Researcher Hobbies: Museum visits, ballet, poetry What inspires you most in…

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Locals Who Give Back: Caroline | Brussels

Giving back to society, and being caring and attentive towards our community are key values that we strive to celebrate every day. Hopefully this will inspire you to do the same today. We’re delighted to share with you the story of an entrepreneur who cherishes these values and applies them to her daily life, in her own personal way. Meet Caroline Weiler and read about her story. Name: Caroline Weiler Lives in: Brussels Occupation: Visual Storyteller/Creative director of Visual Story Mapping; Co-founder of the Travel Storytelling Festival Hobbies: Travel, meetings, entrepreneurship, well-being, music, co-living, writing What makes the area in…

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Locals who give back: Maximilian | Berlin

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 Max, one of the co-founders of Goodnity. After his studies at the German business school WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, he and his co-founder Marc started their own business in Berlin. With Goodnity, they follow the mission to build a healthy business with strong social impact. Goodnity provides the chance to contribute to social causes on a daily basis without having to spend your own money…

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TravelingTOMS: @SylvieFarr

We are always inspired to see the places our customers go wearing TOMS, especially the way that every experience is a token of gratitude, both while travelling and day-to-day. This time, let us introduce you to Sylvie, a passionate, nomad and entrepreneur who works in the field of music and travel. Name: Sylvie Farr City: Brussels Occupation: Band manager, writer of the personalised travel diaries “Hit The Road Book“ and cofounder of the Travel Storytelling Festival. Hobby:  Travel diaries. I love travelling, exploring, meeting people, and setting challenges for myself. I never go out without my notebook and a few of my favorite…

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