Coworkers rally to help each other

9:51 PM, Dec 19, 2013   |    comments
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NIWOT - The skies have long since cleared, but the floods are far from history for anyone who lived through it.

Each day, Meg McCroskey walks into one of the brightest offices you'll find.

"It's very fun. A lot of great people work here," she said. "There is a lot of color."

It is a needed contrast to some personal circumstances that have felt pretty dark.

"My family and I lost our home up in Four Mile Canyon," McCroskey said.

Her husband and their 3 and 4-year-old sons packed their backpacks and hiked up the mountain to escape the flood water.

"There was a huge wall of water that came through," she remembered. "It was 10-feet high and full of trees and enormous rocks."

The McCroskeys still pay a mortgage on a house that no longer stands and land too damaged to rebuild on. Still, they count themselves fortunate.

"There are a lot of people who are still suffering a lot worse than we are, in hotels or in temporary housing," she said.

McCroskey has worked at Crocs for eight years. Its International headquarters is in Niwot. Many of its employees lived in neighborhoods that endured terrible flooding.

"We watched the flood hit and never imagined a disaster like that would be this bad in this area," said Melissa Koester, manager of Crocs Cares.

Crocs Cares mobilizes during disasters all over the country and around the world. It was now focusing on co-workers in the same building.

Employees have rallied. They raised more than $30,000 through an internal sample sale, fundraiser lunch and employee donations. They gave gift cards and made food.

They delivered more than 1,000 meals and more than 500 pairs of boots to families and workers, for the flood relief effort. Crocs employees worked a 100 hours to help volunteer.

"A lot of people tend to forget after a natural disaster hits, but our company continues to raise money for employees who were affected," Koester said.

It is not over. It won't be for a long time. But, McCroskey says having support makes all the difference in the world.

"Our family is going through a really tough time right now, and our greater community has been really fantastic," she said.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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