Crocs Cares Celebrates Colorado Gives Day and Supports Colorado Nonprofits
Crocs Partners with Operation Walk providing surgeries and shoes to Colorado
NIWOT, Colo., Dec. 9, 2013
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
Crocs Cares 2013 highlights by the numbers:
oNearly $40,000 donated, as well as 1,000 meals delivered to those
affected by the Boulder floods
oMore than 500 pairs of boots donated through the Boulder Red Cross
and other local organizations
oMore than 1,000 pairs donated through 9Cares Colorado Shares to
Volunteers of America
oNearly 500 pairs donated to Operation Walk Denver
o300 pairs donated to Colorado wild fire victims through Helping
o$2,500 raised for the Longmont Humane Society
o$2,500 donated to Attention Homes for at risk youth in Colorado
o$13,000+ raised for There With Care for Colorado families and
children facing critical illnesses
oBlood drive to Children's Hospital Denver collecting enough to save
more than 100 children's lives
o10,000 pairs raised for World Wide Orphans on International Comfort
oMore than 10,000 donated in Europe to partners such as Unicef, In
Kind Direct, NSGK and The Salvation Army
oMore than 25,000 pairs and $60,000 for Feed The Children to help
those in need in communities around the world
oMore than 1,500 pairs donated through Crocs Canada for Dreams Take
Flight, a local organization supporting kids with special needs
o500 pairs donated to those affected by the Moore, Oklahoma tornadoes
o4,500 pairs donated through National Relief Charities in South Dakota
and New Mexico
o600 pairs donated to the USO for Warrior Care Packs for active duty
military in Afghanistan and Veterans
oMore than 3,000 pairs for relief efforts in the Philippines
For additional information about Crocs Cares^sm and local and global Crocs
Cares initiatives, please visit www.crocscares.com.
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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