April 13, 2010 by Alexia Severson NMSU Round Up
TOMS Shoes Club
A new club at New Mexico State University is making an imprint by raising awareness about children in other countries who are unable to afford shoes, at a picnic on the grass on Thursday.
The TOMS Shoes Club members organized the event in respect to a day that is gaining recognition all over the world, in which people go one day without wearing shoes. The day is meant to give people the chance to experience what it is like to have no shoes, Co-leader of the club, Ginny Van Doren said.
“I’m excited to see an international event that unites communities on campus,” Alexandro Paz, a grad student involved with the TOMS shoes club, said.
As many students already know, TOMS shoes began with TOMS Chief Shoe Giver, Blake Mycoskie, an entrepreneur, who started the TOMS shoes business in 2006. With each purchase of shoes, one pair of shoes is given to a child in need. The TOMS shoes club was formed to bring awareness to this movement, Van Doren said.
“We recognized a need to spread awareness for the one for one movement,” Van Doren said.
TOMS shoes Leader, Ben Malamitsas, who saw the need for a club like this at NMSU, said they already have around 45 members, and will work on becoming an official, chartered club next week.
“Shoes are kind of something we take for granted,” Melanie D’Isidoro, a freshmen and supporter at the TOMS shoes picnic said. “By giving shoes, it can make a huge difference in someone’s life.”
Paz said he has already seen several students going barefoot around campus, in support of TOMS shoes.
Paz said the TOMS shoes club had plans to do a walk around campus with no shoes in order to get the attention of other students who may not know about TOMS shoes.
Paz said just by seeing people without shoes can spark a conversation that could get others thinking about the TOMS shoes movement, which is what this day is all about.
Van Doren said anyone who wants to join the TOMS shoes club is welcome, and is encouraged to attend the last meeting of the semester, on Apr. 28 at 6 p.m. in the Senate Chambers on the 3rd floor of the Corbett Center.
Van Doren also said there will be a documentary showing of the story of TOMS shoes on Apr. 14 in the Corbett Center at 7 p.m.
Alexia Severson is a staff writer and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.