Businesses Giving Back

Businesses Giving Back

Crocs to donate up to 10,000 free shoes a day to health care workers

By:  Alyssa Newcomb / Today

Crocs is launching a program to give one free pair of shoes to every health care worker who is working on the front lines in the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic.

The “A Free Pair for Healthcare” program lets doctors, nurses and other medical employees choose one free pair of Crocs Classic Clogs or Crocs At Work styles. The shoes range in price from $39.99 to $59.99.

Crocs, which are made of foam, are already a favorite among health care workers, who often spend their entire shifts on their feet.

“Like everyone, we’ve been closely monitoring the news and working hard to map out a way to most effectively help where we can. Over the past week, we have spoken to health care workers, their facilities and even their family and friends, and they have specifically asked for our shoes in an effort to provide ease on their feet, as well as ease of mind as they need the ability to easily clean up before they go home to their families,” Andrew Rees, president and CEO of Crocs, said in a statement.

Health care workers can claim their free pair on the Crocs website. A message on the site said requests are already high and encouraged people to check back every day at 12 p.m. EST to “get in line” for their free pair.

Rees said the company is prepared to fulfill and ship 10,000 free pairs per day. Crocs is also sending 100,000 pairs to hospitals around the country to hand out to employees.

“The duration of our giveaway will depend on our level of inventory and the amount of requests we receive,” he said. “These workers have our deepest respect, and we are humbled to be able to answer their call and provide whatever we can to help during this unprecedented time.”

Be Kind

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Be Well

So much better than a trade-in

So much better than a trade-in

When you need to hear stories of people just doing good things for other people …  here is one for you.  My favorite part is said by Dan Laguardia, “if everybody did that (kindness) for everybody else, we’d be in a much better place.”

I couldn’t agree more …  

Helping another  – a tale of kindness

Kayla Cooper and Dan Laguardia were strangers before they crossed paths in an auto dealership. Laguardia was there to trade in his old vehicle, and Cooper was there in hopes she could somehow buy a car.

Kayla works two jobs on top of attending nursing school, and while the car salesman tried to be helpful, she did not have enough money for a down payment. “I would have to literally pull a needle out of a haystack to try to get myself a car so I could get to work,” Kayla explained. She had been borrowing cars from friends and family, and she was starting to feel like it would never happen for her.

Dan Laguardia, who had overheard the exchange between Kayla and the carsalesman, felt he could to do something to help. He asked the car salesman to call her back to the dealership so he could give the car he had intended to trade in. He realized it would be more valuable to her than it was for him.

“That gives her a bit of a jumpstart in life. Which, if everybody did that for everybody else, we’d be in a much better place.”

“I told her”, said Laguardia, “I overheard what happened, I’ve got a car that you might like,” adding, “this has no strings attached.”

“I am still in shock. I was crying,” Cooper said. “A car is helping me so much right now.”

Kayla is keeping in touch with Dan since the unexpected act of kindness. She doesn’t know how she will ever repay him, she said. Luckily, she doesn’t have to.

“If I was her, I would’ve wanted somebody like me to do it,” Laguardia said. “I have been in situations where a little hand up would have been nice. I just figured it was me being what I wanted in my life.”

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