Today we launched a new section of our site, Reminderband Stories, where we share some of your stories and innovative uses of our wristbands. You’ve used our bands to raise awareness, raise money, unite communities and families, show support, and myriad other uses. We’re excited for the chance to show some of the great things our users have done!
If you’d like to share your cause with us for showcasing on our site, let us know about it here.
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.
We love hearing about how your causes and how you use Reminderband wristbands. In case you missed it, here’s a roundup of the featured causes of the last month:
For Halloween, Reminderband featured a ghostly cause! Doylestown Cemetery in Doylestown, PA had a special Halloween night graveyard ghost tour! Proceeds from the Historic Doylestown Cemetery Walking Tours are used to clean and repair tombstones and memorial art in this 160+ years old Victorian cemetery that have been neglected, weather-worn, or damaged. Reminderband wristbands were given out at the Halloween ‘Ghostly Nights’ Tour as a spooky souvenir.
Reminderband was excited to contribute to care packages for women in the Cache Valley, UT community diagnosed with breast cancer through the Logan Regional Hospital mammography department. Malouf organized the project and we were honored to be a part of this great project and wonderful cause. Included as part of the care packages were cancer bracelets.
We also love Team Riley. 11-year-old Riley was diagnosed with stage 4 clinical group 4 alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma this summer. Friends, family, and strangers around the world are using his Facebook page to send messages of support. Many are also sporting #teamriley cancer bracelets. Drop a photo or encouraging message by his page for him and his family.
Remarkably Rare Designs was also featured this month on our Facebook page. After Emmery was diagnosed with Alagille Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects her liver, heart, kindeys and more, her parents began a line of apparel to help encourage those affected by rare disorders called Remarkably Rare. Instead of a traditional walk or rally, they had a virtual walk for the Alagille Alliance by selling Reminderband wristbands across the globe here and encouraging supporters to post photos on social media using the hashtags #algs #alagilleawareness #teamemmery #forabetterlife
If you’d like to share how you use Reminderband for your cause, share your story with us here.
Today’s featured cause is The Pinky Promise Project! Two teenage girls are making a difference by promoting respect for women in a fun way.
Here’s how it works: they visit public places with a bag full of flowers and hand them to young men and ask them to pinky-promise to respect, appreciate, and value all the women in their lives. They then give them a colored flower that they are to give to any girl they see (and a Reminderband wristband to help them remember their promise!). Each flower’s color represents a type of respect that will be explained to the boy when he receives it. Attached is a note with a powerful quote and information about the project as well as clues about what the color represents.
“The idea behind it is that with the pinky promise, boys become more aware of what it means to respect women and the girl receiving the flower is reminded that she deserves the utmost respect and should never get anything less.”
We love this mission and its creative, positive use of Reminderband wristbands. You can follow the Pinky Promise Project on Instagram here or on Facebook.
Team Cyndi is an organization supporting Cyndi Ricketts in her fight against Triple Negative Breast Cancer, a form of cancer that is more difficult to treat. Ricketts was diagnosed in June, and Reminderband cancer bracelets are being worn by her friends and family to show her support for her as she begins treatment.
Unexpected Resolution Men’s A Cappella is an a cappella group from Ball State University. They focus on being “relaxed and casual while bringing their best on stage and adding something unexpected to each song to make it their own, be it a barbershop-style end to a Top 40 hit, a vocal breakdown of a jazz standard, or mashing up multiple genres into one song.” They use Reminderband wristbands as a reminder of their commitment to the group and to bring their best to every rehearsal and performance.
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments estimates the number of homeless adults in D.C. at more than 12,000, half of which are part of families. Every weekend, volunteers gather in Allan Millington’s apartment and take to the streets to make a difference.
“Wealth disparity is spreading in the nation,” says Allan. “It’s especially [visible] in the nation’s capital.”
Allan, an army veteran himself, says many of the homeless and hungry are veterans. He and his friends began Universal Kitchen to provide dinner to veterans, the homeless, and low-income people in the Washington, D.C. area. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening, volunteers assemble sack dinners at Allan’s apartment and then go out into the community to hand out food and hygiene items.
(Photos from Universal Kitchen’s Instagram.)
Volunteers and supporters of Universal Kitchen sport army-green #ProjectHunger #UniversalKitchen wristbands to increase awareness and support in the fight against homelessness and hunger.
For more info visit @universalkitchen on Instagram or see their WalMart wishlist. If you’d like to share how you use Reminderbands, let us know about your cause here.
Once a year, Bob Rettger rides 220 miles over the course of three days in memory of his best friend, Rob.
“He volunteered two days a week at the food bank, and so I do this ride to keep his efforts and his memory alive at the food bank where he did so much for so many people,” says Rettger.
After Rob died of a rare form of cancer three years ago, Rettger began asking for donations before riding his bike from the Chicago area to Central Wisconsin. The donations go to the Northern Illinois Food Bank, where Rob volunteered.
In two years of riding, Rettger says he’s raised enough for 40,000 community meals.
He also has Reminderband wristbands made that say “The Rob Ride NFIB” and “Cool Change,” the motto of the ride. He doesn’t sell the bands, however. Instead he gives them out to people he meets along his ride.
“It’s three days of serenity that I get to spend with my friend,” says Rettger. “I’ve always met amazing people along the way who want to hear the story. Everybody I encounter I give them a wristband.”
Rettger says he sees the purpose of the wristbands as to share his friend’s legacy.
“They are small tokens that keep spreading Rob’s memory.”
For information on how to volunteer or donate to the Northern Illinois Food Bank, visit solvehungertoday.org. If you’d like to share how you use Reminderbands, let us know about your cause here.
Since we started asking for Reminderband Causes, we’ve received some great stories and inspiring causes from Reminderband users! In case you missed it, here are the causes we’ve shared on social thus far:
Open Your Eyes Foundation
In memory of David Bingenheimer (10/13/2013 – 5/29/2014), parents Chelsea and Daniel Bingenheimer established this organization to help bring awareness to the dangers of distracted driving, as well as to help other families that have been devastated by the loss of a loved one due to distracted driving.They use bands to fundraise and remind drivers to stay focused. Check them out on Facebook or on their web site.
Friends of the Peabody Dog Park
The Friends of the Peabody Dog Park are using Reminderbands to raise funds and support for an off-leash dog park in their city. They hosted an event June 28 with live local music, agility and obedience demonstrations, contests, prizes, and a variety of vendors selling doggie treats and services.
Miss Utah & Children’s Miracle Network
Cache Valley’s Karlie Major, recently crowned Miss Utah 2014, is using our bands to fundraise for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The bands say “Miss Utah 2014” and “Team Karlie.” All proceeds go to the Children’s Miracle Network, which in Utah will benefit Primary Children’s Hospital. She will be selling them again in Logan on July 12.
If you’d like to share how you use Reminderband for your cause, share your story with us here.
Reminderband users are amazing. They use wristbands to rally, to mourn, to communicate, to build, to raise awareness, to fundraise, to promote, to love, to change the world. We here at Reminderband are continually impressed and inspired by the diverse, creative, fun, and beautiful bands you produce: day after day, year after year.
Which is why we’d like to start sharing your stories. Every week, we’re sharing a new cause on our blog and social media channels to get the word out and get attention for your efforts. We hope that our sharing will lead to increased awareness and your stories will inspire others further, whether to donate to your cause, get inspired by wristband design, or simply feel better about the world and the good people in it.
We’ve added this sharing option to checkout on our website and are loving the stories we’ve received thus far, but you don’t have to put in a new order to share your cause with us. Email us at social@reminderband [dot] com or fill out this form to let us know how and why you use Reminderband wristbands to #bandtogether, whether it’s past, present, or future.
Send us a photo, send us a cause, send us your story. We’re excited to hear from you and share your experience.
For over seven years Reminderband has been focused on the touching messages and heart felt stories of our customers. We have sought to share them with the world in a way that creates awareness and encourages action.
This Tuesday we will launch our “Band Together” project. We have gathered many amazing charities, organizations and causes. Each Monday they will share their stories with you.
You will then have the opportunity to purchase a custom created wristband in support of the featured cause. Your contribution could save a child from sex trafficking, send a pair of shoes to someone in need or help end bullying.
The first cause we will sponsor is GEMS, Girls Education and Mentoring Services. Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS) is the only organization in New York State specifically designed to serve girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. GEMS was founded in 1998 by Rachel Lloyd, a young woman who had been sexually exploited as a teenager. GEMS has helped hundreds of young women and girls, ages 12–24, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the commercial sex industry and to develop to their full potential. GEMS provides young women with empathetic, consistent support and viable opportunities for positive change. Check out their site gems-girls.org for more information and watch for their launch on causes.reminderband.com on Tuesday, September 11th.
Stay tuned each week for a new cause; a new way to change the world.