Since 1949, the United States has observed Mental Health Awareness Month as a way to encourage education, awareness, and outreach resources across multiple outlets and organizations.The oft-associated green ribbon serves as a reminder and a symbol of support for those suffering from mental illness, as well as a way for organizations to share a message of compassion and understanding for such conditions. Those organizations also serve as advocates to offer resources and to mitigate the stigma often tied to mental illness. From suicide prevention to many other causes, groups of people across the United States are working to further their causes.
We have made ribbons, wristbands, and keychains for many such occasions here at Reminderband. Thank you to all those who are working to help one another!
Today’s feature focuses on a writer whose books are part of a mission to stop bullying.
11-year-old Brenden Santos has published not one, but three books to date.
Says Santos, “I have a few missions in life and I have a campaign against bullying.” Santos began working on his three books at age ten and has since created a website, www.againstthebullying.com.
To help spread his message, Santos has distributed wristbands among the community, sharing the essence of his campaign “only one me”. He has been making some waves with his progress, and recently met and had dinner with the Lt. Governer of North Carolina.
Santos has big plans for the future of his anti-bullying campaign:
“I am trying to get bully awareness to be one day in August and one day in September because when school starts is when bullying is at its peak.
I want everyone to wear my wrist bands and look at them and remember there’s only one me and that means you.”
You can learn more about Brenden’s mission against bullying and his books at his website.
Santos plans to continue his efforts with his writing and sharing his mantra: “I hope that one day I can have enough money so that I can buy millions of wristbands as I would like to give them away free to everyone in the world so that not only children but also adults who get bullied can remember we all matter.”
We wish Brenden and his cause the very best of luck!
For ideas and options to start your own campaign or fundraiser, check out reminderband.com.
In addition to Autism Awareness, April is also the feature month for raising sexual abuse awareness. You may have seen the oft associated teal wristbands and awareness ribbons around the internet lately. Lots of amazing people are advocating victim support, especially during this time of year. Sexual Abuse Speak Out is one such group who is using wristbands as part of their campaign to help victims vocalize and report sexual abuse and violence. Their mission is to understand, support, and help those victims on the road to recovery.
“We raise awareness for sexual abuse/assault and our organization has a poetry slam every year for the last six years. We donate the proceeds to organizations that help survivors of sexual abuse. We have family and friends who have been abused and we wanted to bring awareness to a quietly-kept secret..sexual abuse.”
“We will use the bands to help raise money for the needs of our non-profit organization. We are having a feed the homeless drive in April and proceeds will be used towards that as well.”
Head over to their facebook page to learn more about their organization, or to get help if you are in need.
April is Autism Awareness month, along with some other notable causes, and as long-time supporters of Autism awareness and research, we are offering a limited-time discount of 20% off all of our products to help people share their message. Whether it’s Autism awareness-related or not, we’re sharpening the proverbial pencil to help you take your cause further. Just use the promo code AAM20 at checkout. If you didn’t already know, our high-quality wristbands are completely customizable and are great for groups or individual use.
Take our band builder for a spin and see what kind of wristband, keychain, or Tyvek bracelet you can create! Hurry! This promotion ends 4/16. Happy creating!
We get it. We’ve put you in a difficult position.
You’ve come to Reminderband to design something for your event but with so many awesome options, you’re at a crossroads. Don’t worry! We’re way ahead of it and we’ve already thought up some helpful resources so you can pin down your colors and sizes for your wristbands–whatever the occasion.
First up, let’s talk colors. If you are designing something for a cause, event, fundraiser, or awareness, and you’re just not quite sure what colors to go with, we’ve got a great reference point for you. Some causes and awareness movements have a commonly associated color, but some situations are less obvious. Our Color Guide gives a basic run-through of our traditional stock colors and the general moods and meaning of each color, to help you decide how to best convey your message.
So, you’ve nailed the color and look of your wristbands; stellar work! Now, what sizes to choose? That’ll depend on who will be wearing them. Our recommendation is that most folks up to about 190 lbs can fit comfortably in a Medium-sized wristband. Adult males or folks who want a bit more room on the wrist would probably be better served with a Large. Elementary school age kids can usually fit in a Small with no issues.
And YES, you CAN mix your sizes within your order at no extra cost!
If you want to get a better feel for exactly how big each size really is, you can use our sizing guide. This will allow you to cut out a strip and fit it around the wrist to determine the best sizes to order. You can view and download it here.
As always, let us know if you have questions. We’re here to help you succeed in making your design work. Happy band building!
Alexis Teixeira was diagnosed with Lupus at age 14 and has fought for many years through testing and treatments to get proper help. When she was eventually married, she was currently receiving exams but developed preeclampsia after becoming pregnant with their daughter Gianna. Lupus played a part in her high-risk pregnancy and Gianna was born prematurely.
Thankfully, Gianna is doing quite well and is almost four-years-old. Alexis’ husband Luis saw the need for a great deal of awareness that Lupus just wasn’t getting; so he took matters into his own hands. Since his epiphany, Luis has used his rally driving career as a way to promote better awareness for Lupus. His race team Wicked Nasty Motorsports took to representing Lupus awareness (purple) in their team colors. This has allowed the whole family to share the message of awareness and the struggles of Lupus with many, many others.
“So often we overlook the loved ones of those suffering from Lupus who are living through the difficult experiences with them.”
Alexis says her husband’s efforts to raise awareness is a good example for the community, and that everyone can help.
Part of their campaign to raise awareness includes handing out Reminderband wristbands at the racing events, which have been designed with the Wicked Nasty Motorsports logo along with “Lupus Awareness”.
If you would like to learn more about Lupus, head over to lupus.org.
We wish Alexis and her family all the best and we thank them for sharing their story with us!
Have your own awareness cause or design idea? Check out reminderband.com to get started and see how easy it is to raise awareness or funds.
Today we have just a quick little FYI for those who are thinking of adding that extra special something to their wristband design. As you may already know, we offer a massive assortment of free clipart right on our website. Did you know that we also have the option of imprinting your own artwork or logo right on your wristbands, keychains, or Tyvek? Now you know! Let’s talk a bit about that.
One of the most common uses for a Reminderband is to memorialize someone who has passed. There are quite a few design options from which to choose. Some folks find that it adds just the right amount of class to upload a signature of their loved one for the band to be a more personal memento to family and friends. Here’s how to make it happen:
Take a clear picture of the signature you’d like to use. It works best on white paper, with a head-on angle that’s well-lit. You may want to make it bolder and more visible by tracing over it. Once you get to the second design step, just click to add artwork. You’ll notice there’s an option to upload your own image.
Simply attach the picture of that signature and proceed to finish placing your order–we’ll take care of the rest!
As always, if you have questions about any aspect of the design process, our band specialists are available to help!
Until next time…
Abri was just eight years old when she was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma, on September 4, 2015. After a year of brutal treatment and limb salvage surgery, she is now six months in remission.
The folks behind supporting Abri, her Team Abri facebook page, and others affected by childhood cancer have designed their very own wristband to spread Abri’s message. This band shares the prayer that she prays every night:
We love Abri’s message and we wish her and all others facing the devastation of childhood cancer the best of luck!
To learn more about Abri’s story and about others who are battling cancer, head over to their facebook page, here. If you have your own cancer support organization, page, or group, take a look at our resources for all the cancer types and wristbands to find the perfect bracelet or keychain for your cause.
Until next time!
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner so you may be rushing off to buy those adorable little candy hearts right now, but don’t forget the real thing. You know, a human heart.
This month, there is a national focus and extra attention on heart health and awareness that we at Reminderband are glad to be a part of!
Among some of the big events going on this month were last night’s Red Dress Collection 2017, which is put on by the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women, as well as the multiple fundraiser events across the country, where schools and communities wear red to raise cardiovascular health awareness and fundraisers which go to organizations like the American Heart Association and others.
Reminderband is excited to be part of the hubbub with our wristbands, keychains, dog tags, and Tyvek. Heck, we even have a heart-shaped wristband, to boot. Our awareness bracelets are a comfy, low-cost option to share a message with the community, or simply to give yourself a personal reminder to stay on top of your health game. Check out our ideas pages for awareness and medical alert products to get started right away.
Do you have your own great ideas for staying heart-healthy? We’d love to hear about them! Hit us up on Facebook, and don’t forget to like our page while you’re there, for more juicy tips and tricks, and all the biggest events going on at Reminderband.
P.S. Did you know you can share your design on social media?
While building any of our band types, just click the nifty “Save & Share” button to show your friends on Facebook your creative side.
“Our daughter, Patty, in the center of the picture, was nine when she was bullied nearly to death, leaving us a suicide note. Thankfully, we found it, pulled her from the school, got her into counseling, and started our #PattyStrong campaign.”
Teresa, Patty’s mom, has since used the anti-bullying wristbands to get the message out about bullying in our schools and the damage it can cause. Some 13 million kids are bullied in US schools each year. This is one mother’s efforts to shed light on an ongoing threat to kids and how it affects them and their families. Using various hashtags, Teresa has been able to make quite a push in spreading the word to stop bullying. Through supportive messages of solidarity and positive reminders, her campaign has made a difference.
“We probably ordered from you eight times,” said Teresa, who also says she has been able to distribute bracelets to hundreds of kids in her area’s schools.
To learn more about Patty’s story and others, head over to thebullyproject.com to see how you can help the cause. If you’d like to use awareness wristbands for your own campaign against bullying, check out our options for custom bracelets and ideas to get started.