More than 40 million Americans have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, affecting family and loved ones as well. Wristbands are a great way to show support for military members both at home or abroad and remember one another in times of separation.
One idea that is popular with military members and loved ones is camo silicone bracelets. Reminderband offers three types of camo: including traditional camo, desert camo and pink camo.
Another idea is that of heart-shaped wristbands. The wristbands fit on the wrist but form a heart shape instead of the traditional circle.
Military wristbands can be worn here or there and can go with military members abroad. The lightweight wristbands can also be shipped abroad very inexpensively.
Wristbands can be made and ordered in bulk for widespread shows of support (such as veterans assemblies or groups) or custom order just a single band for a spouse or family member.
Ideas for messages include “Support the Troops,” “I Remember You,” military slogans, the name of the branch or division of service, or even names.
Here are some Reminderband wristband testimonials from military members and families with how they used wristbands to honor veterans and our armed forces:
“I had a great experience ordering my items with Shawn. We were doing a Vet’s Day tribute for my son’s school. I am currently on active duty in NC. He was SO helpful and the company is supportive of the military. We got them early and he added a few features too. Thank you so much for your support.”
Tracy from Spring Lake, NC
“Reminderband is a pleasure to deal with. Fast and friendly service and the product is receiving rave reviews. Family and friends are wearing [wristbands] to honor our son who is serving in a war zone on the other side of the world. The bands serve as a wonderful reminder to keep him in our daily thoughts and prayers.”
Terri from Temple, TX
“We ordered reminder bands to be given away at a golf outing honoring my brother in law who was killed last year as an Army Colonel, serving in Afghanistan. The reminder bands were a big hit and an easy way to honor him. Thanks.”
Donna from Montville, NJ
“We received our bands in less time than expected and they where amazing. These where for my son who is deployed to Afghanistan. Thank you!”
David from Ocala, FL
“I have always had a great experience with the customer service at Reminderbands. The quality is good and the customer service reps have passion about what your Reminderband is for. My son is deployed in the war in Afghanistan. I have enough to worry about. It helps to have no worries about ordering. This brings him closer to the family and friends.”
Kaye from Lewisville, TX
“For my husband’s deployment, I ordered bands for my children with a special message from their Dad. My order arrived quickly and my kids love their bands.Great quality and sizes. ”
Jennifer from Leonardtown, MD
“Awesome service. The order arrived within days which was perfect. One of our employees was being deployed to Afghanistan. We ordered bracelets to wear while he is gone. They are red/white/blue. They came out great and we got them before he left. Great service.”
“While the Academy fully supports many charities, we also have to maintain high standards in health and safety and in presentation.
“Rubber and plastic wristbands are not permitted in school because, not only do they not form part of our school uniform, but if they were to get caught on items such as door handles they may cause injury.
“Pupils are allowed to attach their wristbands or other decorations to school bags to show their support for their chosen charities.”
According to the Daily Star, Elly is determined to wear the wristband regardless.
What do you think? Should wristbands be permitted with school uniforms? Could they pose a safety risk at school?
Every year, students collect soda can “flip tops” for the benefit of the Ronald McDonald house in Boston. Every fall, the school organizes a food drive to supply Father Sweeney’s Food Pantry at St. Mary’s Parish in Plymouth. And, each year the school chooses one cause to support in a unique, school-wide service project. This year, the project chosen by the Sacred Heart Elementary School student body, “Project We Care,” was to benefit the men and women serving in Iraq.
Students in grades one through six put the finishing touches on Project We Care this week. Assembly lines of student-helpers filled goodie-bags with personal care products and special treats. School staff and parent volunteers shipped the goodies to American soldiers serving in Iraq and Kuwait.
The goal of the project, which ran from Advent through Lent, was to provide small comforts for soldiers away from home. Items included disposable razors, lip balm, eye drops, shampoo, Gold Bond foot powder, playing cards, Nerf footballs, fruit roll-ups, gum, packets of cocoa mix, Pop Tarts, and much more. Many of the items are not “standard government issue” or if they are, they run out quickly.
Students and parent volunteers solicited some items from manufacturers, and a number of fund-raisers provided money to purchase other items. Some funds came from the Student Council sale of “Support Our Troops” silicone bracelets. Some came from the proceeds of a “Bread & Broth” fast day. (During Lent, students donated $1 to Project We Care and went without their traditional lunch of sandwich, fruit and snacks. Instead, they ate only soup and a roll.) Some funds came from the sale of Mardi Gras beads and masks, which students were allowed to wear on a festive “no uniform day” on the eve of Lent. Also, each classroom was home to a piggy bank that collected dollars and cents that students earned doing extra chores at home.
In addition to providing much needed items for the soldiers, Project We Care provided Sacred Heart students many opportunities to reflect on the life of a soldier and to share of themselves. Each student sent a personal greeting at Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Easter. The “Support Our Troops” bracelets, in addition to being a successful fundraiser, served as a reminder to pray for soldiers far away from home. On Bread & Broth day, students had an opportunity to understand how little many people in the world eat every day. And by giving up their small change and extra chore money, students learned how to do without an “extra” in order to provide for a young soldier’s need.
“We strive to provide experiences to our students that will enable them to lead and to interact with others in actively shaping the future of the Church and the global community,” said principal Sister Ann Therese. “Also, service to others teaches an understanding of, and concern for, those in our community who need our support.”
Earlier this year, the school sent 400 new t-shirts printed with the “We Care” logo to the soldiers in a transportation unit led by Col. Walter Juzukonis. Donnelly School Apparel (the Sacred Heart uniform supplier) donated the shirts, and Sacred Heart parent Ruth Finn, owner of Special Tees in Plymouth, donated the screen printing. Students have also been sending letters to the soldiers as individuals and as classes, via mail and email.
About 40 students are regular penpals with soldiers in Col. Juzukonis’ group. The soldiers write about what they are doing in Iraq and Kuwait and about the families and pets they miss at home. “Thank you for thinking of us and taking the time to write,” wrote one soldier. “I am proud to protect America and help to keep you safe.”
In April, Colonel Juzukonis’ soldiers sent the students a gift of surplus Army hats, and a trophy from Sgt. Jose Monzon that read “Operation Iraqi Freedom.” The soldiers also sent a number of questions for the students. They wanted to know how Project We Care came about, and what the students are learning from it. Sgt. Crystal Rothermel wanted to know what impact corresponding with and sending gifts to the soldiers had on the students.
Community service is an integral part of the Sacred Heart experience. Last year, the school raised enough money for Heifer International to provide two arks of livestock and other agricultural aid to Indonesian tsunami victims. The previous year, the school-wide service project benefited Operation Smile, an organization that provides doctors and medical supplies to repair cleft palate and other facial deformities.
Driving down the road it’s easy to spot the yellow ribbon many people have on their vehicles that say “Support Your Troops.” It’s a reminder for those fighting for their country and many of those great soldiers have loved ones they have left at home. Now there is a reminder for those in Iraq and for those left behind.
Crystal Hansen and her husband were married for a year this past March and he was sent to Iraq in April. When he left she wanted something to make them feel closer together and she knew t-shirts and bumper stickers weren’t enough, she wanted a constant reminder for not only her but also for her husband. This led her to order wristbands that say “Half My Heart’s in Iraq” and her husband’s wristband to say “Half My Heart’s In Utah.”
“I had never heard of any one giving their husband a wristband that said half my heart’s in Utah, so I sent him one to help us feel connected,” said Hansen.
Reminderband wanted this to be available to other wives all over the country so the pair of wristbands say “Half My Heart’s In Iraq” and “Half My Heart’s In the U.S.”
“I just feel like it is a good way for husbands and wives to feel close together when you are so far apart for so long,” Hansen said. “It is such a great reminder that I get to see everyday!”
To get your pair of wristbands to support your soldier in Iraq visit www.reminderband.com
or go to Bandsonhand.com for “Half My Heart…” premade wristbands that support Crystal Hansen’s family.