Flip Into Summer, with National Flip Flop Day (Friday, June 17, 2011)
After a long and hard winter, and a cool spring for many in the northern hemisphere, folks are thinking longingly of summer and warm summer activities. Summer brings ideas of watermelon and icecream; barbeques; beaches, swimming, surfing, and skipping stones on ponds; music festivals, summer camps, and summer vacations.
However, here’s a celebration most of us have probably never heard of, but what a fun idea—Celebrate the official start of summer (June 21st), with that most summery of items: flip flops. Even better is that many holiday resorts and hotels have embraced this idea, and linked it to a great cause, that of getting footwear to needy people.
The national organization that oversees the collection and distribution of shoes is called Soles4Souls (www.soles4souls.org )
Soles4Souls is a Nashville-based charity that collects shoes and distributes them, free of charge, to people in need. Since 2005, the organization has given away more than 14 million pairs of new and gently-worn shoes to people in more than 127 countries around the world. Right now, a priority is for shoes for families affected by the recent tornadoes and floods in the USA.
One example of a resort’s participation in this cause is the “Sole-ful” Summer Fun at The Daytona Beach Shores Resort & Spa’s (Florida) second Annual Special Celebration for National Flip Flop Day.
The resort is collecting shoes for Soles4Souls and will also donate $10 for every room night booked on the Flip Flop Package. Guests who donate new or gently-worn shoes for the event, or who make a donation, will also enjoy a number of special giveaways, such as Shores flip flops, and foot-friendly offers, like a reduction on a soothing pedicure. Last year, The Shores donated more than 175 pairs of shoes! Proceeds from other activities, such as a special flip flop decorating event or flip flop cocktails (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), will also go to Soles4Souls.
For more information or to make reservations, call (866) 934-Shores or visit www.ShoresResort.com and mention promotion code: FLIPSH.
Whatever you end up doing, enjoy the summer!