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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Renee Paxton on

I think that it is great that it helps children,But I don’t like or approve that famous or Hollywood people,feel that they are doing something great when they take their greatness to other country’s.Or they have to adopt children from other country’s!!!! The U.S. has more then enough children,to help or adopt.I know that there are a lot of people that don’t work and that are on state aid,so they get help for there children,BUT there are so many children who’s parents work hard and still,don’t take welfare that could use those shoes,instead of taking there goodness to other country’s and then brag about it! If they really wanted to help,they should find children here in the help and then keep there help to them self!!!!

Melissa on

I’m surprised by how many people feel they are ‘doing good’ by buying one more pair of shoes so that TOMS gives a pair to a child in need.

I’m fully supportive if you NEED a pair of shoes and choose to purchase TOMS because of their shoe donations. Then it’s a great cause.

However, if you are simply spending money to buy a pair of shoes when you don’t really need them, why not just donate ALL of the money? Any non-profit could buy 10+ pairs of shoes (or medicine or school supplies) for what we pay for one pair of TOMS.

I don’t want to buy more stuff in order to give something away. I’d just rather give something away.

anon on

Rachel..who cares??? I DO!! So do many others. Applaud good deeds, stop criticizing and get out there and DO YOUR PART!!!

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Meems on

OMG read and comprehend people… You don’t have to buy two pairs of shoes… It is called TOMS + (as in and/plus) The Row… It is a special combo of the two lines making shoes. If you buy from this line they donate shoes. You only have to buy one pair. And I can’t believe people can come here and criticize something good that’s being done for people who need it. If you can only find negative in this you need to reevaluate your life because you are obviously a miserable person.

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[…] The Olsen twins’ popular The Row fashion line teamed up with TOMS shoes taking the girls to new places. A video of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen visiting Tegucigalpa, Honduras to deliver shoes to children in need has been released. They created a limited TOMS + The Row line of shoes earlier this year and for every pair sold they donate a pair of shoes to a child in need. Mary-Kate says of the experience, “I think it’s really taught me a little bit more about myself and how I can be more affectionate and loving… and how putting a smile on a kid’s face is … well, there’s nothing like it.” See the video below. [People] […]

Ray on

@Me, you are so dumb. If you know anything about TOMS then you’d understand their ‘one for one’ motto. You buy one pair of shoes; they send one pair of shoes to a child who needs them. Get it? One. For. One. Not two for one. The Row just partnered with TOMS and made a line of shoes that also follow the One For One motto.
I also don’t get why people are so selfish. Why can’t people help whomever they want? Who cares if it’s a child from the USA or a child from another country? Either way, a child is being helped and that’s what we need to focus on. And it’s such a big deal for you, then get your butt up and go help the kids in the US instead of whining.

YolieMac on

I always cringe when I hear about all of the Goodwill events and child adoptions from our celebrities in other Countries. Why not help our own first? We have lots of needed people/children in USA. This is not a Country where everybody is wealthy! Just sayin’…

Valerie on

Melissa, I completely understand what you are saying, and agree for the most part. However, but shouldn’t people be able to choose the means through which they want to give? We live in a consumer-oriented society and people (myself included) constantly shop for things that they don’t really need. When you have companies like TOMS who give back when someone buys from them, that’s an added bonus. If we are going to shop regardless of whether or not we really need something, why not choose to purchase from companies that give?

Kelly on

@ Brandy
So you are saying our children are not worth new shoes? Our children should go to a thrift store or a church? Come on, Look around you. I see parents working so hard just to cover the bills. There is none left over for new shoes, clothes and even medical care. There are people in our country who make too much to be considering for any financial help but dont make enough to cover the essentials, like shoes, clothes and medical care. That was the only point I was trying to make. I do realize that other countries have poor people as well.

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