Posted on March 22, 2013 by showyourlogo
Amy and her BFF near the Day One finish line in the 2008 Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.
When I needed to raise a minimum $1800 in order to participate in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in the Rocky Mountains several years ago, I immediately turned to promotional products. Why wouldn’t I? I found a generous guy right down the hall at Show Your Logo willing to donate a few hundred custom sports bottles as well as some other affordable yet useful promo items. Screen printed with a pink ribbon and a personal message (“live, laugh, love”), these print water bottles came in über handy to help raise that mega ton of money. Together with my co-walker and BFF, these sport bottles helped us raise almost $4,000 for the Avon Foundation.
Not only did we print water bottles with Show Your Logo, we opted to print key tags and custom support bracelets. The addition of our handcrafted, Pink Ribbon bookmarks rounded out the kit of Pink Ribbon goodies we stuffed into those water bottles. We gave the promotional products kits away to business owners, friends, family, and who made donations. A table at a couple of craft shows and a display at a few garage sales also helped bring in the necessary funds. We requested a small, minimum donation in exchange for our Pink Ribbon promotional kit, and more often than not, we received more than our asking price. That’s the power of promotional products!
Of course, the personal aspect of our fundraising efforts definitely came into play. R and I intentionally wore our custom t-shirts each time we set out to raise funds at these events. R’s shirt was screen printed with a pink ribbon and displayed the word “Survivor” underneath. Mine? The same pink ribbon with the words “For my best friend.” We also wore these shirts on the first leg of our walk through the Rocky Mountains, all 26.2 miles on day one, and everyone knew our story with just a glance at our t-shirts. I spent my 35th birthday on that walk. We were young. R was young, and a sober reminder that breast cancer strikes women of all ages, not just the elderly.
Likewise, I’ll never forget the heart-wrenching moment a t-shirt told me the story of a woman, maybe a few years older than R and I, walking for her best friend. She was walking alone.
Walkers take in the view during the 2008 Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in the Rocky Mountains.
It’s a terrible thing to be diagnosed with breast cancer (and particularly shocking at the age of 31), a wonderful thing to be a survivor, and a blessed thing that my best friend is still alive, well, and occasionally kicking my butt at Super Boggle on Friday nights. (We’re crazy that way.) Here’s to eight years CANCER FREE and counting, my friend!
Do you need promotional products for your upcoming fundraiser? Do you need some great ideas and help selecting the right products? Follow our “Breast Cancer Awareness” Board on Pinterest for starters. The sales team at Show Your Logo can help you print water bottles, print key tags, design custom support bracelets and custom t-shirts. Contact Show Your Logo to help you raise the funds, deliver your message, and make a difference.
Posted on February 26, 2013 by showyourlogo
Show Your Logo employees turned out in record numbers last week to donate blood to Heartland Blood Center’s drive sponsored by Allied Bank of Oswego. While not every employee suffers from Trypanophobia, or the fear of needles, the reluctant ones sucked it up and braved the whole experience admirably.
Here are some facts we learned about blood donation via Heartland’s informational/Before-You-Donate pamphlets, Google (from several smart phones while we waited), and from the experience itself:
1) Trypanophobia: the fear of needles
2) The typical human body holds 10-12 pints of blood.
3) When you sign up to donate blood, you sign up to donate one pint at a time.
4) O-negative blood is also known as the “universal donor,” which means it can be given to anyone of any blood type in need of blood. O-negative blood is coveted for this reason.
5) Heartland Blood Center would love to do extra special things with your O-negative blood to save more people. (Good work, Don!)
6) Donating blood wasn’t so bad after all. Even for those of us who hate needles.
If your company is sponsoring a blood drive, or if you are attempting to market for the blood donation center itself, Show Your Logo staff is happy to assist you with finding the perfect promotional products to fit your needs, wants, and budget.
After my experience donating blood in the drafty gym at Allied Bank (cool gym, guys, but it was freezing in there), I can readily say that I would have enjoyed receiving a customized blanket. These roll-up blankets are not only super affordable, they have the ability to roll up into this convenient, compact carrying case. Love them! I would really like to keep one of these in the car in case of emergencies. I can see using it at the park or the beach just to sit on. Every blood donor could put these blankets to good use, and let’s face it. Seeing the name and logo of the bank or the blood center on that blanket would be a timely reminder about donating again each time I used it.
Want to see another great giveaway for blood donors? Check out these customized tumblers, complete with straw. Since it’s important to rehydrate after donating your blood, handing out these reusable tumblers is a logical promotional product for this event.
Of course, everyone always loves free, customized t-shirts.
These Fruit of the Loom t-shirts are an incredibly affordable, budget-friendly option. Blood donors can wear these t-shirts around town and advertise the fact that they donated blood time and time again. Charlie Corpuscle (“Be nice to me. I gave blood today!”) would carry his message a lot further on a t-shirt as opposed to a sticker!
For assistance ordering these or any other promotional products, contact the knowledgeable, friendly sales staff at Show Your Logo today.