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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Katie on

Excellent. What a great story for a change. TOMS is an awesome company that does so much good for kids. Good stuff!

kct on

nice to see them giving back!

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Me on

I think it’s great they’re involved, but something the article said kind of made me go “huh”.

“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.”
Sounds like in order for the children to recieve a pair of shoes, a person would first have to buy a pair from their line, plus the TOMS line? So, they’re not actually just giving out of the goodness of their hearts? Sounds more like a covered up way of marketing their lines. As wealthy as some of these celebs are it always makes me grimace a bit when they do these sideways “donations”. Why not just donate and leave off the part where someone has to buy your products first? That, to me, is a real donation/charity.

Either way, I’m glad they’re involved.

Oh.... on

Congrats (me) for figuring that out?! Because there is no way possible they can make a pair of shoes to give away for free without somebody buying a pair of shoes? Why does that make you go “huh” did you not know thats how it works? Of course you have to buy the shoes for them to give away a pair for free! Where do you think they will get the money to make another pair of shoes that they won’t profit from?? LOL!! The owners of Toms aren’t making sideways donations, they are basically having us pay for two pairs of shoes esentially or they are paying for the cost to make these and writing them off as a part of their non-profit or whatever. What you said made no sense in the sense of “oh it’s sketchy” No it’s not sketchy, MK/A designed a pair for the company, and they are still holding true to donating shoes to those in need regardless of the fact that their designs use high end fabrics.

deeg on

actually the row just paired with toms to design the higher end version of the shoes. you purchase it from toms only then they match it. it works the same only the olsen twins put their star power to good use and attached their successful line’s name to the shoes.

Cristine on

I have been buying Toms for a while now and will continue to do so, as long as I can afford them. Happy to see that they delivered in their promise.

Alice on

this is great!

Rachel on

who cares. there are millions of people who volunteer with NGO’s in areas in worse poverty than honduras, who live in huts, pump water, and put thier lives at risk. They don’t get paid, and don’t stay in fancy hotels while ‘doing good’ and will never get mentioned in any publication.
How about focusing on these people.

Kelly on

Why dont you see this happening the United States. We have children who are in need just as much as the children living overseas are. I think we should take care of our own before we help other countries.

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
David

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 country..by 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

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 U.S.to 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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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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Brittany on

I agree with you Kelly. We have tons of homeless people here who need shoes. Why can’t celebrities help them here. It’s just like Angelina Jolie. She does so much stuff for other countries but never here

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