The other day I came across one of those heartstring-tugging videos from The Christian Broadcasting Network.
Sometimes I really wonder if they even pay attention to their pitches.
Here’s the video:
It’s about poor Vianca who plays barefoot, because she can only afford one pair that she wears to school.
And then the video tells us
Then one day Vianca stepped on an old rusty nail, puncturing her foot.
Here’s the picture from the video.
Who’s the moron that left a board out there with the nail sticking up like that?
Ah, but CBN’s Operation Blessing and Toms Shoes came to the rescue. New shoes!
And they say
With her new shoes, Vianca can now run and play with her friends without fear of injury, and that makes Bianca and her friends very happy.
But look at those shoes. Does anybody really think they will stop a nail like the one in the picture from going through that rubber-like sole? Of course not. So why would they even make this video?
They are touting shoes that will not solve the problem they are using to illustrate it.
It’s even worse.
You see, when you wear shoes like that, you culture rather nasty bugs like Pseudomonas aeruginosa. And then if you step on that nail, it injects them deep into your foot where they find an ideal environment for them, and preferentially cause osteomylelitis (an infection of the bone marrow). See Soft tissue and bone infections from puncture wounds in children, by T. J. Laughlin, et al.
There are so many other things that that money could have gone to to improve Vianca’s life. But few that are as showy and likely to generate undeserved praise.