Those in the shoe biz’ know to never underestimate the ability of a new pair of shoes to make someone’s day. Husband-wife team Jeremy and Lila Stewart have been using that principle to give back since founding their company, Hari Mari, in 2010. After working for years to help children abroad in Indonesia, the duo wanted their new venture to help children here in the U.S. Learning that pediatric cancer is the most fatal disease amongst American kids, the Stewarts launched Flops Fighting Cancer, an initiative that gives 1% of all sales to support children battling the disease.
The brand’s colorful flip flops combining comfort construction and classic styling continue to be a fan favorite, especially during “flop drops” at partner hospitals four to five times per year. “We go to the hospitals and spend some time with the kiddos being treated, giving away flip flops to kids with the hopes of making their day and bringing a little cheer,” adds co-founded Lila Stewart. Hari Mari’s next “flop drop” is scheduled for mid-December at Cook Children’s hospital in Fort Worth.