I had heard that giving low income people clothing hurt their developing economies. Also, often if a charity gives people free shoes or clothes, they may turn around and sell them since they didn’t really need or want shoes.
This short video confirms those notions.
So while I’ll still donate to charity, I’ll be less likely to give to “hot” charities or to faux charities like Tom’s Shoes that have a new cool idea.
(FYI in China Tom’s $4 shoes are sold for $90 in their stores — and much less on the street.)