WATCH: Mary-Kate, Ashley Olsen Visit Honduras for TOMS

08/30/2011 at 03:00 PM ET

The photos were already moving, but the video really says it all. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen visited children outside of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, earlier this summer, delivering TOMS walking shoes to those in need.

“We’re very aware of [TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie’s] work and what he was doing and trying to accomplish, and it’s something obviously we wanted to be a part of,” Ashley shares in the clip above.

The sisters partnered with TOMS to create limited-edition shoes through their label, The Row; for every pair of TOMS + The Row shoes sold, a child in need will receive a new pair of shoes.

“It has been so much fun to collaborate with The Row and to see the girls and their friends down here on their hands and knees putting shoes on kids’ feet,” Mycoskie adds.

In fact, the experience proved quite humbling for the stars. “I think it’s really taught me a little bit more about myself and how I can be more affectionate and loving,” Mary-Kate says. “And how putting a smile on a kid’s face is … well, there’s nothing like it.”

Adds Ashley, “The children are so special, kind, they’re loving, welcoming and they’re just incredible.”

–Kate Hogan


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SarahJane on

@Me – the line is called “TOMS + The Row”
The Row designed shoes for TOMS. You dont need to buy a pair of The Row shoes AND a pair of TOMS for the donation to be made.

I also agree that there are kids in this country who need a lot too, but at least they’re doing good!!!

wendie goode-dox on

tom’s is an amazing company. ..i dont know if everyone knows that blake founded it with his winnings from THE AMAZING RACE.. such a great story.

namemuststay on

@Me – the TOMS promise is one for one. Though the shoes are overpriced for their actual value, for every shoe purchased, a child in need recieves a free pair. There must me a margin of profit in there for TOMS and The Row somewhere, but the majority of the cost of the shoe pays for free shoe drops in developing countries with celebs.

All charities must first raise money before they can donate it, no?

David on

Rachel, I recently spent two weeks in Honduras with my sixteen year old son building a kindergarten and three 15 by 15 foot cinder block homes in a slum outside of Tegucigalpa. These people
have no food, no housing, no water but more humanity and caring for others than any people I have ever met. Also Honduras is one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere. Get your facts straight before you post

Me on

In order for them to send ONE pair of shoes to a needy child, you would have to buy TWO pair of shoes (one from MK & A lable and one from TOMS)… and they’re not cheap shoes either! That doesn’t sound like marketing to you? Why not just DONATE some frickin shoes? We’re talking about celebs who make MILLIONS of $$$ every year.

Like I said, in my opinion, real donation/charity is when you give with out expecting anything in return. Whether that be a profit from marketing or fame and publicity from being a ‘do gooder’.

Jennifer on

This was a story you already told PEOPLE. Why the rehash????

CJ on

Man, what a LOT of negative comments here for something done to BETTER someone’s life!

Just goes to show you that someone would B!t@H if they were hung with a new rope!

People, if you have NOTHING nice to say nor nothing POSITIVE to offer the world just keep your big fat pie hole shut and search your body for a SOUL!
Man, what a lot of mean people out there!

Brandy on

“I think we should take care of our own before we help other countries.”

That’s a BS argument. For one, the children in this country can get shoes from a thrift store or church. They’re also generally properly immunized and usually- even in the worst of living situations in the US are much better off than those kids.

The idea that children here are somehow more worthy of proper shoes/ care/ whatever is idiotic.

Isabella on

Really Rachel? 90% of Hondurans live below poverty level. In the American hemisphere it is one of the top three poorest countries. So stop being so negative about this little blip. It is always a nice thing to see for anyone to do good wherever they choose to do it.

Cory Cáceres on

I’m so happy they came to my the way Isabella the part of “90% of Hondurans live below poverty level” is not true, but we do have very poor people living in here. I’m thankful for famous ppl doing good to others, this is what life is about. I’m honduran and like to help aswell with charity work. I agree with CJ, if you don’t have any positive comment to say.. plz keep it to yourself, it’s because of ppl like you this world we live in is getting worse :S

God bless all the good people! :D

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