The Unity Collection
A footwear and eyewear capsule dedicated to equality and inclusion
It’s estimated that forty percent of homeless youth identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community.
That’s an astonishing statistic; one rooted in a number of factors, like high rates of gender and sexuality-based discrimination, rejection and severe abuse. It’s also a sign that the LGBTQ+ community—while remarkably resilient—is still in need of support.
And so TOMS strives to be a part of that support—through the values we uphold, the partnerships we form and the issues we address.
Helen Keller International x TOMS
TOMS stands for and with the LGBTQ+ community.
As part of our commitment to build a better tomorrow for all people, we’ve partnered with Helen Keller International’s Childsight® Program to provide free eye care to homeless youth in New York City and Los Angeles—many of whom are members of the LGBTQ+ community and have been driven from home because they felt unsafe or unwelcome, or have aged out of the foster care system.
Why vision? Not only is sight a basic need, helping to ensure, for example, safety on the streets at night, it’s also essential to ongoing personal development. Through access to free eye care, those served by the program can bypass sight-based barriers to education, employment and independence.
In other words, sight makes a big difference. And it’s something we can give.
And so, together with Helen Keller International’s Childsight® Program, we aim to provide free eye care to at least 500 runaway and homeless youth in NYC and LA, from vision screening and prescription eyewear to referral services.
The Unity Collection
In celebration of the LGBTQ+ community and our ongoing partnership with HKI’s Childsight® Program, we’ve created a Pride-inspired collection that pays tribute to the movement—the action it inspires, the solidarity it promotes, and the progress it represents.
Featuring custom, rainbow-colored Alpargatas and four different styles of eyewear, we designed the Unity Collection to be a vibrant and joyful expression of support for equality, inclusion and humans being good to one another.
As always, every TOMS purchase helps create change—from the LGBTQ+ community to every community.