Today is National Flip Flop Day. No, we are not making it up. If you are regular listeners of “Derrick and Sylvia in the Morning” you may know that it has been a running joke about Derrick Scott always wearing flip flops or sandles. Even Clarence-Rockland ‘s mayor is in on it, as he at local events without fail checks to see if Derrick is actually wearing socks with his flip flops.
So we feel much pride that this day has finally arrived, as this day has history behind it.
In 2007, Tropical Smoothie Cafe created National Flip Flop Day to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Every year on this date, customers who come into participating Cafes across the nation wearing flip-flops receive a free Jetty Punch Smoothie. Tropical Smoothie then gives proceeds of a $1 paper flip flop from customers to send ill children and their families to Camp Sunshine.
Camp Sunshine is based in Casco, Maine, and their mission is focused solely on addressing the effects of a life-threatening illness on every member of the immediate family — the child, the parents and the siblings. This year-round program is free of charge to families.
In 2015, $1 million was raised by Tropical Smoothie Cafe for Camp Sunshine. The total amount raised since the beginning in 2007 is over $3.7 million making National Flip Flop Day a successful fundraiser for Camp Sunshine.