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Activities With Attitude

TOMS for Tots to Teens

Event Description

In 2006, American traveler Blake Mycoskie befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS Shoes, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One. Blake returned to Argentina with a group of family, friends and staff later that year with 10,000 pairs of shoes made possible by TOMS customers.

Many children in developing countries grow up barefoot. Whether at play, doing chores or going to school, these children are at risk:

  • A leading cause of disease in developing countries is soil-transmitted diseases, which can penetrate the skin through bare feet. Wearing shoes can help prevent these diseases, and the long-term physical and cognitive harm they cause.
  • Wearing shoes prevents feet from getting cuts and dangerous when wounds become infected.
  • Many times children can't attend school barefoot because shoes are a required part of their uniform. If they don't have shoes, they don't go to school. If they don't receive an education, they don't have the opportunity to realize their potential.

Closer to home there is also a need for shoes. Many families in America today are struggling to put food on the table and new shoes or shoes that fit properly are a luxury that these families cannot afford.

Today, your group can provide shoes for children here in America and also benefit those in other countries. Today, you will turn a pair of plain canvas shoes into a work of art that any child would be excited and proud to wear. Fabric markers, paint, glitter, and other decorating supplies will be available as participants put their personal touch on a pair of TOMS shoes.

To inspire the participants, the event kicks-off or ends with participants learning how their actions helped others. A representative from the charity receiving the shoes can also be invited to come to the stage to share stories about their organization and the children who will receive the shoes. A list of potential local charities can be provided, or feel free to pick your favorite local charity! We’ll also be sure to remind the participants that the shoes at the event are not the only shoes being donated. With TOMS One for One program, another pair of shoes will be donated to children in need for every pair decorated at this event.

This is one event that will warm your heart and “sole!”


  • Set, strike and delivery of an event
  • Professional event leader and assistant(s) to emcee and organize the event
  • Team identification for each participant
  • Event equipment including supplies one pair of children’s sized TOMS shoes per person and materials to decorate the shoes.
  • Award medals for each participant on the winning team
  • Coordination including delivery to a local non-profit to receive the donation
  • DJ to provide sound system and play music throughout the event

Additional Event Information

Ideal Group Size

20 or more participants

Ideal Team Size n/a
Event Length

1 hour

Event Location

This event typically takes place indoors

Level of Customization

Very little except for in emcee talking points

Event Elements

Relationship building, creativity, time management, charity

Charitable Elements

Decorated shoes to be donated to local charity

Space Requirements

Approximately 18-20 sq. ft. per person

Set Up Required

100% seating at draped and skirted banquet rounds plus six or eight foot draped and skirted tables around perimeter of the room as needed for supplies (dependent on number of participants). Power for the DJ (standard outlet) is required.

Note:  Based on event location and group size, event details may differ slightly from above description