PopSockets, the maker of ubiquitous colorful, collapsible phone grips, recently donated $170,980.76 to Craig. The gift, which represents 10 percent of all net proceeds from sales on PopSockets.com during the second quarter of 2018, will benefit Craig’s Culture of Care funds. This grouping of innovative programs includes Therapeutic Recreation, Assistive Technology, Community Reintegration, Music Therapy, and more.
In addition to its financial support, PopSockets also donated 10,000 PopSockets grips to Craig for marketing and patient use. Some individuals with spinal cord or traumatic brain injuries are unable to extend their fingers, which makes it difficult or impossible to hold their phones. With the addition of a PopSockets grip – a small, collapsible device that adheres to the back of a phone for easy, one-handed holding – patients may be able to wrap their fingers around the grip and operate their phones independently. Accessing a phone allows Craig patients not only to be safe but also to see their calendars, send and receive text messages and email, and open apps using voice commands.
Craig graduate Ashley Jack received a PopSocket in her Craig welcome bag. According to Ashley, having a PopSocket has helped immensely because her phone is large. “I can’t grab it by itself, so I need the PopSocket to be able to hold my phone. I have a little bit of a grip with my natural tenodesis grasp [flexing the wrist muscles to make the fingers close and relax], so it allows me to grip the PopSocket perfectly.”
Having access to technology is important to her. “It allows you to stay connected to family and friends through the journey at Craig.”
Access is also important for patients when they return home, allowing them to manage their homes, families, school and work.
“We are so grateful for the generosity of the PopSockets team,” said Mary Feller, executive director of the Craig Foundation. “This partnership is a great example of how corporations can work with us to truly make a difference in the lives of patients.”