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TOMS Distribution: Photos tell the story

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Trucks loaded with boxes, we hit the road on Sunday to visit a very small village for a distribution of TOMS boots. Enjoy the pictures that tell the story of how we were honored to spend the day serving beautiful peoplewho live humbly, and were so grateful in their hospitality of hosting us. Thank you TOMS for this opportunity.


 Waiting for the children to arrive...


Checking out the goods...
They were calm as they waited for their turn...

Initial Thoughts

“They are so quiet.”
This was the confusing thought running through my head as my plane for Kurdistan was preparing to board out of Istanbul. The moment the shuttle bus began the taxi process across the outside terminal to drop us at our aircraft, all noise ceased. I stood there for a momentperplexed at the silence.  “Wow. This certainly isn’t Egypt I am going to.” Where's all the shoving? The shouting? The lack of personal space? I was prepared to deal with it, but I didn't have to.Right there I realized I must break a very dangerous habit, comparing and contrasting Kurds with Egyptians...or at least I should try.


I caught myself being that strange foreigner…the one who stares. But I couldn’t help it. As I looked around the crammed shuttle, I studied the faces of these people I knew little about, a culture I had Googled obsessively since September, and who held a chilling history I had only seen in pictures. Faces I had seen online of their dead, murdered relatives flashed thro…