NIWOT, Colo., Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Crocs, Inc. (NASDAQ: CROX), through the company's corporate social responsibility program, Crocs Cares, is supporting the fourth annual Colorado Gives Day on Tuesday, Dec. 10. To take part in Colorado Gives Day, Crocs Cares will donate 100 pairs of shoes to local organization Operation Walk Denver, a not-for-profit volunteer medical services organization that provides free surgical treatments for patients in developing countries and in the United States. On Dec. 11, Operation Walk will be providing hip and knee replacement surgeries to Coloradoans suffering from advanced arthritis and other degenerative joint diseases.
Crocs Cares, launched in 2007, provides shoes to families and children in need around the world, especially in its own backyard. What many people don't realize is that when disaster strikes or for the more than 1.4 billion people who live on less than $1.25 per day globally, having shoes to maintain proper sanitation and good health can be a luxury. Crocs Cares' donations aim to provide comfort and support when footwear is most needed.
"Giving back to the communities where we live and work is part of our culture. We encourage employees to participate in local philanthropic efforts as well as fundraisers for relief efforts across the U.S.," said John McCarvel, Crocs president and chief executive officer. "It's great to see how we've helped those in need for the last several years and we will continue to seek out opportunities to provide support where it's needed most."
Recently, Crocs Cares has been involved in relief efforts related to many of the natural disasters across the country including the flood in Boulder, Colo., the storms in Oklahoma and the fires in Colorado and California. In 2013, the program has raised and donated more than $150,000 for non-profit organizations, sponsored more than $50,000 for local organizations and has donated more than $1.3 million in shoe donations.
Since its inception, Crocs Cares has donated more than three million pairs of shoes to communities in need in more than 40 countries around the world. Crocs proudly partners with a variety of global non-profit organizations to help ship and distribute shoes to those in need, both abroad and within the U.S. The company also works with a number of organizations around the world to help identify and coordinate local shoe donations. Many of these organizations consider Crocs a 'perfect shoe' for those in developing parts of the world and following natural disasters because they are lightweight, don't absorb water and provide basic protection from harsh environmental elements.
"When a disaster strikes or when you identify a community in need, every bit of support, comfort or aid you can offer helps, and we've been fortunate to work with active non-profit partners to reach disaster areas and non-profit organizations that can benefit from our services," said Melissa Koester, program manager for Crocs Cares. "We are proud to support Operation Walk Denver, and make an impact in our local community as part of Colorado Gives Day."
Crocs Cares 2013 highlights by the numbers:
- Colorado support:
- Nearly $40,000 donated, as well as 1,000 meals delivered to those affected by the Boulder floods
- More than 500 pairs of boots donated through the Boulder Red Cross and other local organizations
- More than 1,000 pairs donated through 9Cares Colorado Shares to Volunteers of America
- Nearly 500 pairs donated to Operation Walk Denver
- 300 pairs donated to Colorado wild fire victims through Helping Everyone Recover
- $2,500 raised for the Longmont Humane Society
- $2,500 donated to Attention Homes for at risk youth in Colorado
- $13,000+ raised for There With Care for Colorado families and children facing critical illnesses
- Blood drive to Children's Hospital Denver collecting enough to save more than 100 children's lives
- Global support:
- 10,000 pairs raised for World Wide Orphans on International Comfort Day
- More than 10,000 donated in Europe to partners such as Unicef, In Kind Direct, NSGK and The Salvation Army
- More than 25,000 pairs and $60,000 for Feed The Children to help those in need in communities around the world
- More than 1,500 pairs donated through Crocs Canada for Dreams Take Flight, a local organization supporting kids with special needs
- 500 pairs donated to those affected by the Moore, Oklahoma tornadoes
- 4,500 pairs donated through National Relief Charities in South Dakota and New Mexico
- 600 pairs donated to the USO for Warrior Care Packs for active duty military in Afghanistan and Veterans
- More than 3,000 pairs for relief efforts in the Philippines
About Crocs, Inc.
Crocs, Inc. (NASDAQ: CROX) is a world leader in innovative casual footwear for men, women and children with more than $1 billion in annual revenue. The company offers several distinct shoe collections with more than 300 four-season footwear styles. All Crocs™ shoes feature Croslite™ material, a proprietary, revolutionary technology that gives each pair of shoes the soft, comfortable, lightweight, non-marking and odor-resistant qualities that Crocs wearers know and love. Crocs fans "Get Crocs Inside" every pair of shoes, from the iconic clog to new sneakers, sandals, boots and heels. Since its inception in 2002, Crocs has sold more than 200 million pairs of shoes in more than 90 countries around the world.
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