You like to give, you like to do good and you like to travel. Those are reasons enough to enter the Ticket to Give contest at Toms that offers a more profound travel experience. Winners aren't rewarded with lavish vacations but with "journeys into communities of incredible people and enormous need."
If all this sounds touching, it is — and growing. Since 2006, the for-profit Toms has sold about 2 million pairs of shoes based on a simple one-for-one ethos: Buy a pair of shoes and Toms gives a pair to a child in need somewhere in the world. The company has built on that model to include eyeglasses that in turn provides eye care for the needy.
Blake Mycoskie is the creator of Toms and author of the 2011 book "Start Something That Matters." He will be speaking Feb. 24, the second day of the Los Angeles Times Travel Show, at the L.A. Convention Center on style and about travel. His free shoes are distributed to children in more than 50 countries, from the U.S. to Iraq and Romania to Rwanda.
And about the name: There is no Tom, though folks always ask to meet him. The company might have been named "Tomorrow's Shoes" but only "Toms" fit on the label.