Buckner Becomes TOMS Shoes Giving Partner, Launches Distribution in Guatemala
SAN JOSE PINULA, Guatemala â€” Buckner International held a TOMS Shoes distribution to children at the Buckner Community Transformation Center (CTC) here March 22. It is the first-ever distribution of shoes by Buckner through TOMS internationally-recognized One for Oneâ„˘ model.
Matt Asato, Buckner Internationalâ€™s director of humanitarian aid, said the CTC distribution, held in conjunction with Buckner Guatemala, will provide â€śhealth and opportunityâ€ť for area children.
â€śThis will mean so much for the children of San Jose Pinula,â€ť he said. â€śNew TOMS Shoes will help children maintain their health and pursue the opportunity a new pair of shoes offers them, such as going to school.â€ť
Roberto Tejada, Buckner Guatemalaâ€™s CTC director, agreed. â€śBecause Buckner is now a TOMS Giving Partner, this gift of shoes means we have a partner that understands how meeting the physical needs of children is so important to the population we serve. This is not just a distribution of shoes. This is a distribution of hope.â€ť
According to Asato, the San Jose Pinula distribution is part of an initial shipment of shoes by TOMS to Buckner Guatemala, â€śand the first of an ongoing series of shoe distributions to children served by Buckner Guatemala.
â€śItâ€™s important to emphasize that TOMSâ€™ commitment to the children in these communities is not a one-time giving opportunity, but a commitment to continue to provide access to shoes as children age up â€” and out â€” of their shoes.â€ť
â€śSustainable and responsible giving is integral to TOMS giving philosophy,â€ť said Sebastian Fries, the Chief Giving Officer for TOMS. â€śWe work to establish long-term partnerships with humanitarian organizations, like Buckner, that can provide shoes to children as a critical component of their health, education and community development programs. This allows TOMS Shoes to have a greater impact on the health and well-being of children and their communities.â€ť
About the TOMS One for OneTM model: With every pair purchased, TOMS will give a new pair of new shoes to a child in need. To date, TOMS has given more than two million pairs of new shoes to children in need around the world. TOMSâ€™ Giving Partners are made up of humanitarian organizations already established and working in the countries in which TOMS gives. www.toms.com
About Buckner: For more than 133 years, Buckner has been transforming lives through a hands-on approach, serving the most vulnerable from the beginning to the ending of life. Buckner is one of the oldest and most unique faith-based social service organizations of its kind, serving more than 450,000 people each year in the United States and 18 countries worldwide. www.buckner.org
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