We want to thank all our followers for the success of our new “Fifty Causes” Campaign! So far we have featured GEMS (Girls Educational and Mentoring Services) and Soles4Souls who seeks to provide shoes for every person in the world! Both causes were amazing and we are so excited for what is to come!
This coming Monday we will feature The Sheepfold. The Sheepfold is a refuge for domestically abused mothers and their children; not only are they a safe haven but they help these families become independent separate from their abusers. The Sheepfold “Fifty Causes” campaign will launch October 8th on causes.reminderband.com; don’t miss your chance to donate! Below is a video about domestic abuse brought to you by The Sheepfold.
On October 15th we will switch directions and feature The Adventure Project. An organization on a mission to create 10 million jobs in the next ten years. Founded in 2010 by Becky Straw & Jody Landers, who met while traveling through Liberia, West Africa. They have joined forces to raise awareness and funds to support the world’s most-effective social ventures. Find their campaign starting October 15th on causes.reminderband.com. Below is a video describing how they plan give a stove to families in need this holiday season and through our campaign you can help!
We are also ecstatic to announce that on October 22nd we will be featuring the GimmeMo’ Foundation. Founded in 2009 by Disney Channel star Monique Coleman. Coleman was a Highschool Musical star but she knew there was more to come in her life. Below is the story of her mission to create something more.
We have created our Fifty Causes campaign to provide an easier way to give. See you soon!
We have been honored to work with She’s the First, an amazing charity that believes “the best way to fight poverty and extremism is to educate and empower women and girls.” She’s the First launched in November 2009, on the belief that money could affordably be raised for girls’ education through the creativity of young people. Through various channels they have managed to create a movement to accomplish their goals. From selling prom dresses to cupcakes to wristbands; the creativity of She’s the First has never ceased to amaze us here at Reminderband.
On 10.11.12 the first-ever International Day of the Girl will commence. On the coat tails of various movements to empower women and girls across the globe, these including importantly She’s the First and their commitment to women everywhere. She’s the First will be holding a Leadership Summit on October 11th to honor the Day of the Girl as well as bring together their chapter leaders to celebrate the nearly $30,000 dollars raised thus far to support girl’s education in developing countries.
The movement they are supporting is unexplainably important. Four out of five girls don’t graduate high school in many countries, because 40 million of those girls are not able to even attend school. She’s the First has empowered amazing young women to support this cause. One of which is Lindsay Brown, president of their University of Notre Dame chapter. You can find her as the cover girl of Seventeen’s October 2012 issue as the winner of their “Pretty Amazing” reader contest. More than 13 million girls around the world will read her story about sponsoring girls in Nepal; resulting in action.
At Reminderband we strive to support the most amazing causes across the nation. She’s the First has continually struck us as one of these perfect organizations with only the best intentions at heart.
If you are a company or individual that feels in some way you can contribute to the She’s the First Leadership Summit on October 11th contact Tammy Tibbetts, President of She’s the First at 609-439-8896.
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.
Every year in the United States there are around 1,500 child homicide cases; 1,500 too many. The stories tear at our hearts and raise our awareness. One such stories recently came to our attention here at Reminderband. It is the story of Madison and Caroline; two adorable twins murdered by their father. Below is their story, in their mother’s words. Here at Reminderband we seek to raise awareness to stories like their’s by sharing their message.
I separated from Madison and Caroline’s father in September of 2011. This was prompted by very odd behaviors that he was displaying. He was extremely controlling, demeaning and verbally abusive towards me but never to the children. He also had a hug shoplifting addiction. I moved myself, the girls and my 14 year old son from a previous marriage into my mother’s house. We both had lawyers and were going to court over custody. The girls were appointed a guardien ad litem and both of us were going to have a mandatory psychological evaluation. This did not come soon enough however. His behavior began to escalate as he continued to text me constantly during the day and try to keep me from seeing the girls. I had them Monday through Friday and he had them on the weekends. This was put into written agreement drawn up by our lawyers.
Their father picked the girls up Friday morning, January 27th. He walked in the door and gave me a big hug……apologizing for something he had said to me earlier in the week. Another odd behavior…….showing affection towards me after being extremely hateful. This was the last time I saw Madison and Caroline.
I called the girls every Saturday morning to check on them after I got to work. On the 28th I was unable to reach them by phone. I left directly from work and headed to the house. There I found my daughters and their father. All three had been dead for over 12 hours. He had channeled carbon monoxide into their bedroom using air conditioning duct work attatched to the tail pipe of his minivan and then put them to bed. He then slit the girls’ throats and his own. It was horrific……an image that will never leave my mind.
‘I don’t know if there’s any training that can prepare you for an incident of this sort.’ Said Sgt Chris Whitely, Hanover Police. (Read more).
Hearing a story of this magnitude is never easy or pleasant. The girls mother seeks to share their story to hopefully save a child in the future. If anyone reading has questions or comments feel free to leave them on this post.
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. Girls Educational and Mentoring Services’ (GEMS) mission is to empower girls and young women, ages 12–24, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the commercial sex industry and develop to their full potential. GEMS is committed to ending commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking of children by changing individual lives, transforming public perception, and revolutionizing the systems and policies that impact sexually exploited youth.
At Reminderband we seek to find the most deserving charities, those that truly touch our hearts, and feature them on our blog. Today we are excited to announce our support of Soles4Souls; watch for their feature on our website as well!
Soles4Souls collects new shoes to give relief to the victims of abject suffering and collects used shoes to support micro-business efforts to eradicate poverty. Soles4Souls’ other two divisions, Clothes4Souls and Hope4Souls, provide the same relief and support through clothing and other necessities.
Wen you give the simple gift of you shoes you are protecting people from illnesses and allowing kids to attend school. It also creates sustainable jobs and support for those recovering from disaster. No shoes are ever thrown away; you are recycling! Together we are changing the world one pair at a time.