Charlotte Employees Raise Awareness of Children in Need by Hosting “One Day Without Shoes” Event
May 27, 2011

The Charlotte office’s Julia Train, accounting, organized an employee luncheon last month that brought with it an unusual, but fun admission requirement — bare feet. Lexee Zutz, who heads up the Building Group’s sustainability initiative, suggested the idea after getting involved in a “One Day Without Shoes” event at nearby Queens University. Started by Southern California retailer TOMS Shoes a few years ago, One Day Without Shoes is meant to encourage participants to spend one day without shoes to experience a glimpse of less fortunate children around the world.

The Building Group’s One Day Without Shoes luncheon drew a crowd of 20 people. Festivities included a contest to see who could best decorate their bare feet, leaving two winners with a new pair of TOMS. “We actually had a tie for the contest between Beth Harwell (tattoos) and Lisa Williams (Am flag),” said Train. “They both won a pair of TOMS!”

Beth Harwell, spoke about her prize, saying “My niece had on the cutest pair of unique shoes when she came by the office one day. She proceeded to tell me the history of TOMS shoes and the One for One movement. How awesome to work for a company embraces the human spirit of giving back to those in need. I was so very excited to win our office contest and proudly wear my very comfy TOMS shoes whenever possible!”

About TOMS Shoes and One Day Without Shoes
TOMS Shoes (www.toms.com) was founded in 2006 when an American traveler in Argentina, Blake Mycoskie, befriended local children and learned they had no shoes to protect their feet. Inspired to help, Mycoskie created the company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a new pair of shoes given to a child in need. As of April 2010, TOMS has given over 1,000,000 pairs of new shoes to children in need through giving partners around the world. Since the first One Day Without Shoes event in 2008, it has grown far beyond college campuses. In 2010, over 250,000 people of all ages went barefoot and over 1,600 barefoot events took place globally.