A ‘Flop Drop’ is a very special day within Hari Mari that comes a handful of times a year. It’s a day our team members look forward to with enthusiasm and pride because it’s a day of service to others, where we put our flip flops on folks’ feet to hopefully generate a few smiles & laughs.
Sometimes those smiles & laughs come from young cancer patients we visit at one of our Flops Fighting Cancer partner hospitals. Sometimes the smiles & laughs come from heroic veterans and first responder amputees we supply prosthetic-friendly flops to through Hari Mari’s Freedom Flops program. And, sometimes they come from an altogether different type of Flop Drop. This year, we took it to Guatemala – a country that’s special to our Founders hearts because Lila & Jeremy got married there nearly fifteen years ago.
Enter, Serve Hope and the awe-inspiring residents of San Andrés Itzapa.
Serve Hope, a US-based organization with roots in Honduras and Guatemala, started 10 years ago with the charge of selling coffee through its Serve Hope community coffee shops to fund clean water programs in foreign communities with little to no access to safe drinking water. One such community rests in the rural hillside town of San Andrés Itzapa, on the outskirts of Antigua, Guatemala.
Opened for just a few short months, Serve Hope’s newest coffee shop located in Antigua helps to finance the clean water activities and costs for Itzapa and dozens of surrounding towns just like it by providing families with at-home filtration kits to help provide clean, potable water for thousands of families struggling for viable solutions to this important obstacle so crucial to daily life.
Visiting our friends at Serve Hope Guatemala this past spring, Hari Mari had the distinct privilege & honor of tagging along with the organization’s most recent clean water event in San Andrés Itzapa and also host its latest Flop Drop. Itzapa’s proud residents aren’t in need of flip flops or footwear like they need access to clean water, but our latest flop drop did elicit a lot of smiles & laughs, and for playing small part in that, we thank Serve Hope and the good people of San Andrés Itzapa."