One for One

One for Me, One for You: The Power of Giving.

[Shown above: Roma Boots]

One for One Charities 

With all the success that came from TOMS’ ‘One for One’ campaign, it is incredible to see so many other companies wanting to make a difference. By donating a product for every product sold, these businesses are attempting to change lives, break the cycles of poverty and provide hope, love and care to those in need. These invaluable organizations provide not only necessities, but style.

One of these participating companies is Roma Boots, which combines business with charity.

Roma Provisions founder, Samuel Bistrian, recalls visits to Romania stating, “I truly saw the urgency for someone to help. I watched children walk to school in knee-deep snow with terribly worn shoes.”

Roma Provisions gives impoverished children a chance to walk and play without having to worry about the consequences that come with having unfit shoes or none at all. By purchasing a pair of Roma Boots, a child living in cold or wet climates will be given an opportunity to stay comfortable, warm and dry. Bistrian remembers one of his favorite winter gifts as being “a pair of rubber boots passed down from my three older brothers.”

This company understands that it is not just providing shoes, it is providing hope and love. In fact, the name ‘Roma’ spelled backwards is amor, which means love.

Roma Boots will help children journey to school to get an education and help to break the harsh cycles of poverty. People are able to donate money to provide children with Roma Rain Boots and school supplies to help them “become catalysts for positive change in their society.”

This winter, Roma Boots has partnered with World Vision to donate hundreds of boots to children in Eastern Europe.

On November 29th, the company launched its ‘Day of Hope: Giving poverty the boot!’ campaign to encourage people to give anything from a smile, hug, meal or pair of boots. The goal of this campaign is to help donate 10,000 pairs of boots to impoverished children by Winter 2013.

Roma Boots are sustainable and practical, as well as lightweight and comfortable. With styles in fashion’s newest color palette, you don’t have to wait for the rainy season to enjoy them. Roma Boots provides footwear including adult boots, children’s boots and flip flops.

The new line for Roma Boots will be available by Spring 2013.

Unfortunately, the issue of shoes for children in need is not where the problem starts and ends. Another issue lies with vision, which is why Warby Parker was created. Founded by Neil Blumenthal, David Gilboa, Andrew Hunt and Jeffrey Raider, Warby Parker was created to provide consumers with “higher-quality, better-looking prescription eyewear at a fraction of the price.” How are they able to sell you these high-quality glasses at a lower cost than a high-end boutique? They do it by cutting out the middlemen.

Warby Parker creates designs and then sells them directly to you, the buyer, rather than selling those rights to another company. By doing this, you are able to get the glasses you want at a lower cost, rather than the cost in the optical shops that have been marked up an additional 2-3 times before being put out on the sales floor. This will enable those who need prescription glasses with a better option.

Waraby Parker FINE magazine
[Shown above: Waraby Parker]

“Approximately one billion people don’t have access to affordable glasses. Glasses can increase one’s income by 20%, enable students to see a blackboard and offer dignity to those with poor eyesight. Warby Park works with experienced non-profit partners to ensure that each sale of our frames will give someone in need access to affordable glasses.”

Warby Parker offers meticulously crafted acetate and titanium optical wear and sun wear for men and women. Also available is a monocle. “Crafted in a perfect circle with just the right amount of grip and give, our Colonel monocle is the perfect accessory for budding robber barons, post-colonial tyrants and super villains.”

Don’t forget to check out the holiday collections featuring styles like Crane in Mallard Green, Downing in Revolver Black, Duckworth in Marine Slate, Mallory in Blue Marblewood, Downing in Walnut Tortoise and Neville in Redwood Ash.

Another company that provides a gift that keeps on giving is Baby Teresa, which was co-founded in 2009 by Sammie Appleyard and Kirsty Dunphey. Baby Teresa sells 100% organic cotton baby clothing and accessories. The company currently has made donations in over 20 countries and aims to clothe at least one baby in need by donating a Baby Teresa romper for every one sold. Furthermore, for every accessory sold, “a portion of the sales go to purchasing formula for babies in need (typically in orphanages).”

Baby Teresa FINE magazine Charity
[Shown above: Baby Teresa]

Baby Teresa sells year-round around the world in all different types of climates. It makes sure to keep options of short and long-sleeve rompers available throughout the year.

The Baby Teresa Collection offers baby rompers, bibs, blankets, hats, specials for baby showers and much more.

Items come in three designs that have been named after children that Baby Teresa has met worldwide.

“Jimmy” is a soft cream and beige neutral stripe pattern. Nyssa of Baby Teresa met Jimmy when she visited a local orphanage in Jakarta during her trip to Indonesia. At the time, Jimmy was three months old and quietly curious about her and her colorful packages.

“Ruby” is a putty pink polka dot pattern. Ruby was from Baby Teresa’s very first overseas donation in Uganda.

“Son” is a blooming sky polka dot pattern. During Baby Teresa’s second visit to the Tam Ky baby orphanage in Vietnam, Carrie Hesekth met Son, a little boy now over two years old, who has severe hydrocephalus and brain damage.  

Dunphey said, “The heart of our company is the little people we get to help across the world. It’s always made sense to name our lines after real children we’ve interacted with.”

Another one of the greatest gifts you can give is a smile. “Smile Squared wants to give every child the health and confidence that comes with clean teeth.” In order to do this, Smile Squared will send one of its toothbrushes to a child in need for every toothbrush purchased.

If you want to take giving a step further, you can spend the same amount in order to give two toothbrushes to children in need, rather than buying one and giving one.

Smile Squared FINE magazine
[Shown above: Smile Squared]

Smile Squared offers an environmentally-friendly toothbrush, handcrafted with a biodegradable bamboo handle and high-quality DuPont Tynex® bristles, complete with a recyclable box.

Eric Cope, Founder of Smile Squared, also loves to support a US-based organization called Give Kids a Smile (GKAS). Smile Squared will be donating toothbrushes to the Tri-County Dental Society- which works in conjunction with GKAS to provide free dental care to kids in Riverside, San Bernardino and Eastern LA Counties.

Cope had taken a trip to Central America and said, “During this trip, we were part of a group that hosted a dental clinic at local orphanages and community centers.  We soon came to realize that many of the kids had preventable and sometimes severe dental problems. Many of the children attending didn’t even own toothbrushes. Our goal was to teach the local children how to effectively brush their teeth. With no sinks or running water, I was assigned the task of holding trash sacks open for kids to spit in.  I saw first-hand the effect that poor dental hygiene could have on children’s health.  Not only do poor dental habits adversely affect children’s overall health, it also affects their confidence due to the poor aesthetic condition of their teeth.  Simply put, some children don’t want to smile.”

By contributing to Smile Squared, you are helping to put smiles back on the faces of children in need and making an environmentally-friendly commitment to your own personal dental care.

Whether it is gifts for birthdays or holidays or just something for you, what better gift is there to give than one that can give to others, as well? This way, you won’t just be providing your loved ones or yourself with care, but you will be showing someone in need that you care. Shoes, clothes, prescription glasses and toothbrushes are necessities that everyone should have access to. Each donation that you help to create will provide more than just material items. It will provide tools for a better future.