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Pink Crocs Challenge Making Tracks

April 16, 2018 08:16 PM

(ABC 6 News)-- What once started out as a challenge over footwear, now, is leaving footprints across the country.

“People do like them, and I recognize and respect that. I'm not a fan,” Pastor Mark Niethammer said.

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And when the confirmation class at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin learned of Pastor Niethammer's aversion to Crocs, it turned into a challenge.

"To raise 2000 food items for area food shelves," Pastor Niethammer said.

If the goal was met, Pastor Mark agreed to wear pink Crocs during a worship service. And he'd wear them again for every 500 items over 2000. He ended up wearing them twice and the folks at Crocs heard about it.

"And they sent us 30 pairs of magenta crocs in various sizes."

So the confirmation kids came up with another plan they had Pastor Mark reach out to some of his colleagues and offered some of the crocks as a starting point for their own challenge.

"Pastor Andrew Bell responded to the challenge, St. John Lutheran in Bellville, Texas” Pastor Niethammer explained. “He was able to leverage the crocks to raise $25,000 for world hunger support.'

And there's a lesson that goes beyond pink Crocs.

"It shows these kids that even though they are in middle school that they can do some wonderful work and truly change some lives,” Pastor Mark Niethammer said.

And the ripples are still spreading out. The church in Texas is going to send its Crocs to a church in Louisiana.

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Dan Conradt

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