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Melissa Curtin covers charity and style related events and loves to cover LA's best in beauty, fashion, and culture. She is an educator who recently returned to the classroom to motivate and inspire third graders at a private school in Pacific Palisades. In 2012, she launched an educational T-shirt line called Wear2learn. When she is not working out, hiking a canyon, or at the beach, she is writing. Her latest dream come true has been travel writing for Johnny Jet.

After teaching in the Maryland public school system for almost a decade, she left the conservative East Coast environment in Washington, DC for West Coast living. Eager for adventure, inner growth, and a new environment, she packed her car and took to the open road on her own landing in her new home - Hollywood, California. As a Connecticut Yankee at heart, she has now lived in Los Angeles for six years surrounded by the stars.

Melissa graduated from Gettysburg College with a double major in psychology and art history. Soon after, she earned a Master's Degree in education. Melissa traveled around the world on Semester at Sea, and earned a Fulbright Scholarship which enabled her to teach in England. A lust for travel and learning has fueled her globe trotting ever since. Some of her favorite destinations are Costa Rica, Thailand, Fiji, Morocco, Vietnam, Belgium, Italy, Sicily, Prague, Egypt, Australia, Greece, and Paris.

Los Angeles has won over her heart. She is constantly taking advantage of what LA LA Land has to offer - new boutiques and restaurants, finding great deals, discovering new hikes and beaches, music, and West Coast fashion.

TOMS Expands Its One For One® Commitment To Help U.S. Children


TOMS winter rain boot (Photo Credit: TOMS shoes)

TOMS shoes is at it again, but this time I am beyond thrilled to learn that they will be donating shoes right here in our own country. They will start their very first ever US-based giving trip by the end of 2013. By the end of 2013, TOMS will be giving shoes to children in need in more than 35 U.S. states and TOMS will be giving the gift of sight to adults in need in three states. By 2014, TOMS expects to have given 1 million pairs of shoes to children in need in the U.S.

The founder and leader in charitable brand One for One giving, Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS, said it was always a goal to give in the U.S. Since he founded the company seven years ago, TOMS fans/customers have asked him, “When will you give here?” It took TOMS time to ensure that they could give in our own backyard with the same stringent measures and effectiveness that the company is doing on a global scale (in 60 countries).


TOMS gym shoe for kids (Photo Credit: TOMS shoes)

Just look at the types of shoes they will be giving away on their first giving trip – quite a few new designs – a gym shoe, winter/rain boots and a comfy, casual shoe. They’re hoping the gym shoes help kids who don’t have access to any sort of sports or fitness gear become more active. Additionally, the winter/rain boots should help those in colder and wetter climates with more protective gear. It makes me happy to hear the giving will begin in our own country since there are so many children in need right here in the USA. To learn more about how TOMS will be giving back in the US, click here.


Photo credit: TOMS shoes

TOMS casual shoe for kids. (Photo Credit: TOMS shoes)

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