It’s raining outside, which means that my feet, that were cold earlier, are now really cold and wet! Good thing my grandma isn’t here or I’d being hearing her yell, “Put some shoes on or you’re going to catch   pneumonia!” Ya right grandma! (aaaacchhoooo!)

In a way it’s kind of cool though, because I can’t remember the last time I actually felt mud in between my toes — can you? I mean when is the last time you saw a group of adults looking for mud puddles to play in?

The other day we threw a party for my two year old son. Although Lightening McQueen is his favorite toy, we didn’t throw him a Cars birthday party. Instead, we grabbed a hose and some plastic pie plates, and taught him and his friends how to make mud pies. My wife even made a chocolate cake with gummy worms coming out of the chocolate pudding icing. They had a blast and got very dirty.

In America, we don’t think much about kids getting muddy because we’re not that worried about what parasites or germs are hanging out in the dirt. Even if we are concerned that something nasty is hiding in the dust, we still have antibiotic soap and hot showers to clean up afterwards. Even if a kid has a cut, we can grab Neosporin and a bandaid and most likely it will be fine.

In developing countries, the dirt they walk on barefoot can contain a lot more than just dust. Considering the sanitary issues of not having modern bathrooms, and the fact that many people live with animals — the soil can be very contaminated. When a child gets a cut on their foot, like our kids do daily, they don’t have shoes to protect the cut from getting infected. And when the cut gets infected they don’t have anything to treat the infection.

Have you ever heard of Tetanus? Most of us have had an immunization for tetanus at some point in our lives. According to Shuzz.org:

Tetanus is a potentially fatal infectious disease caused by bacteria entering the body through cuts or open wounds. It causes painful muscle spasms and locked jaw.

Even kids that have shoes can still get tetanus, but kids without shoes are much more likely to get infections with open soars or cuts on their feet. By donating $5 or more, you can provide a pair of shoes for a kid in need. These shoes will help prevent the child from getting the cuts and soars on their feet that lead to diseases like tetanus. Donate now, help prevent children from getting diseases they are unequipped to fight. 

How much do you spend on a pair of shoes? You can give that same amount now and make a real difference in the life of a child. You can donate by clicking here.

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