March 28, 2011
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Ohio State Lima students go ‘One Day without Shoes’
Student-led movement raises awareness about impact of shoes
Students at The Ohio State University at Lima will go “One Day without Shoes” on Tues., April 5, 2011, to raise awareness about the impact a pair of shoes can have on a child’s life. One Day without Shoes is an annual event hosted by TOMS shoes in which people across the globe participate in events barefoot.
“ ‘One Day without Shoes’ is the closest most of us can come to what some kids experience every day, some for years, some for their whole lives,” said Natasha Brown, a Psychology major and student chair of the event. “We hope this event will get the word out about something that most of have: shoes.”
Last year, more than 250,000 people participated in the 1,600-plus events that took place globally as part of the “One Day without Shoes” movement. On the Ohio State Lima campus this year, students will not only go barefoot, but they will also wear stickers that identify them as participants in the event and watch a documentary about the TOMS company and its mission the Galvin Game Room.
For every pair of TOMS shoes sold commercially, the company gives a pair of shoes to a child in need. They have given more than 600,000 pairs of new shoes to children in more than 20 countries. Each donated pair is made specifically to the childrens’ geographic needs demographics.
Brown hopes that getting the word out will mean that a few more children will get a pair of shoes. “Every little bit helps,” she said.
The Office of Student Activities, the Psychology Club and the Stars and Stripes Veterans’ Club are sponsoring the local event. Participants will be required to wear shoes in certain areas, including restrooms, the cafeteria, library and science labs. Students, faculty and staff can sign up to participate from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., March 28 through April 5, 2011, in the Galvin Lobby. The event is free and open to the campus community.