Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Flip Flops for a Cause

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tropical Smoothie Café for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Oh, my beloved flip flops. I live in them each and every summer.  They've seen a lot of swim sessions, afternoon walks, and backyard games.  But it honestly never crossed my mind that those old flip flops could do some good in this world!

Today, I'm excited to be partnering with Tropical Smoothie Cafe to share a great promotion they'll be running on June 17th.  That day is National Flip Flop Day® - an annual holiday hosted by Tropical Smoothie Cafe that raises money for a great cause (and gets you a fun treat, too!).  On June 17th, wear a pair of flip flops to Tropical Smoothie Cafe and you'll receive a free Jetty Punch Smoothie from 2pm-7pm.  You'll also have a chance to donate to their charity partner, Camp Sunshine!

Camp Sunshine is an incredible opportunity for the children and families that are facing a life-threatening illnesses.  Stationed in Sebago Lake, Maine, this retreat allows families facing these grave situations to get away for a little bit of R&R.  There are illness-specific sessions that allow the parents, siblings, and children suffering to connect with others, as well as games and other fun family-centered activities.  Families get a chance to take their minds off of such a difficult season of life to reconnect and have a great time together at this camp.

Each family at Camp Sunshine stays in their own suite at no cost.  These stays are funded by many civic organizations, individuals, and corporations around the country, including Tropical Smoothie Cafe.  Over the past 10 years, Tropical Smoothie Cafe has raised 3.7 million dollars for this cause.  Their 2016 goal for Camp Sunshine fundraising is one million dollars!

You can donate to Camp Sunshine both through Tropical Smoothie Cafe's website and in-store.  On National Flip Flop Day, your in-store donations will receive a paper flip flop for $1, a flip flop key fob for $5, and donations of $10 receive a special edition Whirley Mug!

Do you know a family that would be a great candidate for Camp Sunshine? Through the Share the Sunshine program, you can let Camp Sunshine know of a family that deserves to attend this life-changing camp!  Here's how you can nominate a family to receive the fun, support, hope, and joy they so desperately need at such a trying time in life:

  1. Visit the Share the Sunshine website to nominate a family for Camp Sunshine's support. (If you qualify, you can even nominate your own family.)
  2. Notify the nominated family that they will be receiving an email that asks them to fill out an official application.
  3. Family must fill out the official application and return via email, fax, or mail.
  4. Camp Sunshine will determine which families fit the established criteria.
  5. Nominations for the contest will be accepted from 8:00 am ET on May 1, 2016 until 11:59 pm ET on June 30, 2016.

Now, pop on those flip flops and help give back to a great cause!  You can use this link to Donate to Camp Sunshine and this link to visit the Camp Sunshine Official Application!

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