In case you missed it (ICYMI), here are the causes we’ve featured over on the Reminderband Facebook page during the holiday season. These causes use Reminderband wristbands in unique ways to further their worthwhile organizations and individual efforts. We loved these inspirational stories of people working to improve their communities and the world around them. Check them out to get ideas for your own fundraising efforts and to contribute to worthwhile causes!
In 5th grade, Georgia student Devon Hirsch noticed that many of his friends were eating free or reduced-fee breakfast and lunch. He did some research and found that 16 million children in America don’t have adequate access to food, and only 14% of eligible kids are in the summer meals programs. He decided to join the fight to get more hungry kids fed.
Now 11, Devon uses Reminderbands to raise money for Share Our Strength‘s “No Kid Hungry” campaign. He sells wristbands for $3 each and gives the proceeds to #NoKidHungry. He calls his effort Giving Grub. Check out their Facebook page or http://www.givinggrub.org/ for more info on child hunger and how you can help!
Irish Language Learners
Today’s featured cause is Irish Language Learners, a community of learners and speakers of this rare language! “Irish is under-promoted and under-utilized, but for those who are studying, it connects them to a fascinating past and friendship and camaraderie in the present,” says community founder Seán Lenaghan.
Reminderband wristbands are used to offer a friendly Irish greeting and spark curiosity and interest in this once-dying language.
I Have A Name
The I Have a Name Project aims to bring compassion, dignity, and understanding to an often invisible world — that of the homeless. Photographer Jon Linton meets, photographs, and records the stories of the less fortunate. He aims to create a book and exhibit, proceeds of which will benefit shelters that provide services to those in need. They also give “I Have a Name – Practice Compassion” Reminderbands to those who donate to create awareness and serve as a reminder to be compassionate.
Check out their Facebook page or website (http://www.ihaveaname.org/) to view photos and read stories from souls on the streets, and remember to practice compassion daily.
2015 is a week away, and a new year comes with new opportunities and new goals. According to USA.gov, the most popular New Year’s Resolutions among Americans include:
- Losing weight
- Reducing debt
- Quitting smoking
- Getting fit
- Getting education/a better job
Not all resolutions are successful, however, and a majority of New Year’s goals are not met. Here are some pointers:
- Set realistic goals. Setting goals that are too hard to achieve will be discouraging and you will be unlikely to make any progress at all. Defining your goal is also crucial. How many hours a week will you spend volunteering? What does “fit” mean, exactly? Without realistic definitions, your vague goal will likely never be met.
- Focus your efforts. It’s unrealistic and overwhelming to make a giant list of everything you want to change in your life. Set one or two goals and direct your efforts on them. Once you accomplish those, you can set new goals. But setting too many goals from the start means you’ll probably spread yourself too thin and get worn out before any goals are accomplished.
- The “how” is just as important as the “what.” How will you meet your goal? What steps are required? How will you find the time or the money to complete your resolution? What habits need to be set? Determining a reasonable action plan is just as important as deciding on the goal itself.
- Work towards your goal daily. Putting effort towards your goal daily means that you make your goal a habit, and little by little it can be accomplished. Physical reminders of your resolution can also be helpful. Some gyms and trainers use Reminderbands as fitness motivation or workout reminders. Other people order a custom bracelet with a personalized message on it to keep their goal or mantra for the year in mind.
Do you have other ideas for making and keeping New Year’s resolutions? What are your goals for this upcoming year?
A hostage crisis in Sydney prompted a surprising show of humanity today as a story about compassion on public transport went viral. After the hostage-taker displayed an Islamic flag, Australian Muslims feared harassment or violence in response. But this story inspired Australians to offer to ride or walk with Muslims who felt unsafe wearing religious clothing in public:
The hashtag #IllRideWithYou began trending as Australians showed solidarity with Muslims who feared being the victims of hate crimes. Some put signs on baggage or wore scarves around their wrists to indicate their willingness to ride with those who felt afraid. More than 90,000 tweets have used the hashtag. We loved this story of responding to terrorism with kindness.
A baller is someone who’s got “game,” on or off the court. “Baller bands” began production by Nike after the Livestrong craze hit. The original versions featured the Nike logo, phrases such as “Just Do It,” and big names such as LeBron James or Michael Jordan.
Nike’s baller bands are no longer in production. You can bid for limited edition baller bands on sites such as eBay, or if you’re looking to create your own team wristbands or fitness motivation, try our sports wristbands or custom band builder.
Happy holidays! We’re celebrating at Reminderband by offering a discount. Use promo code CMOND14 for 15% off the base price on any wristband order today. This discount does not include shipping, which is the usual rate, or extras such as second-side or color-fill.
Check out our predesigned bands or design your own!