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TOMS event participants go ‘one day without shoes’

TOMS’ One Day Without Shoes had people walking barefoot all over campus Tuesday raising awareness of children in developing countries who are subject to infections and diseases because they grow up without shoes. In TOMS’  “One for One” campaign, the shoe company donates one pair of new shoes to a child in need for every pair purchased. Although the event is nationwide, the USC TOMS sector, “TOMS at USC,” had more than 200 students attending on their Facebook event.

Those who trekked across the Pickens Street bridge barefoot were entered into a raffle for the chance to win a new pair of TOMS. In addition, Salty’s Surf Shop organized a barefoot walk from the Horseshoe to its store in Five Points.

Second-year hospitality management student Chelsea Rawls found out about the event through Facebook and immediately decided to participate.

“I’d do it everyday if it could change anything,” Rawls said. “I can’t imagine how hard it must be for those who have to go barefoot everyday.”