Spirit of Giving

Daily Domer Staff | Apr. 5, 2013 | The Daily Domer

Shannon Crotty with orphan in South AfricaShannon Crotty '12 with a boy at Open Arms in Komga, South Africa.

All Shannon Crotty '12 and Kaitie McCabe '11 want to do is donate shoes to needy children.

The Notre Dame graduates have applied for an opportunity to work with TOMS Ticket to Give, an initiative that invites 50 volunteers on a TOMS Giving Trip to distribute shoes to those in need. As volunteers, Crotty and McCabe would also have the chance to meet with TOMS partner organizations and learn about how these groups are working to eradicate poverty in developing countries. 

"For me, a TOMS Giving Trip would mean the chance to really explore the TOMS "One for One" model," Crotty says, "and learn more about how I might be able to affect change in a similar way in the future."

Crotty says she was inspired to pursue the TOMS project after a trip to Komga, South Africa through Notre Dame's International Summer Service Learning Program. There, Crotty lived and worked for two months at Open Arms, a children's home that serves the emotional, physical, and developmental needs of orphaned, abandoned, and disadvantaged children in South Africa.

McCabe has also been a longtime supporter of the TOMS mission.

“After doing more research on the causes that TOMS supports — economic, educational and health inequity — I decided that I wanted to support the company in a more impactful way,” she says.

But before Crotty and McCabe can participate, they need some support. The 50 volunteers who will travel on the TOMS Giving Trip earn their places through a popular vote, which means Crotty and McCabe need as many votes as possible before they can make the trip.

Click here to vote for Crotty and click here to vote for McCabe. Voters can vote for both volunteers, but may only cast one vote for each. Voters can cast their votes by logging in with email, Facebook, Twitter, or Google+.

 by Daily Domer Staff

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