Help Give Backpacks to Children Living in Poverty with GoodyBags

GoodyBags is an organization whose mission is to “provide backpacks of items to children in unstable living conditions. Unstable living conditions may include environments that are extremely impoverished and/or overcrowded, homeless shelters, foster homes, or group homes. Recipients may range in age from infant up to 18 years old.”
Goody Bags

GoodyBags works in New York City and St. Elizabeth’s Parish in Jamaica. They give out four different types of bags, depending on the need of the children:

  • Back to School GoodyBag: Pens, pencils, rulers, calculators, notebooks, binders
  • Comfort GoodyBag: Stuffed animals, journals, blankets, solar-powered nightlights
  • Toiletry GoodyBag: Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, feminine items
  • Summer Camp GoodyBag: Beach towel, swim goggles, bug spray, sunscreen

GoodyBags Camp Bag

The organization has opened their own GoodyBags Storefront on Customized Girl. You can now show your support for the work that GoodyBags does by shopping the items in their storefront. For every purchase, the organization receives a royalty that goes back to packing the bags they give. Help put a smile on a child’s face when they need it most.

GoodyBags Storefront on Customized Girl

SHOP GOODYBAGS STOREFRONT


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Fundraising for Breast Cancer Research

During the month of October, we offered a promotional code in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month with 10% of the proceeds to go to breast cancer research. We are pleased to announce that we raised $7,405.39! This money has been donated to The Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research, which is devoted to advancing research in breast cancer.

We would like to thank all of our customers for making this possible. Nearly 1,300 of you used the code to support this great cause. Many of those orders were for breast cancer shirts, personalized with a name of a loved one. Thanks to you, we’re helping the fight against breast cancer.

Our CEO, Taj Schaffnit, presents the check to Katie Brennan of The Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

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Create Lymphoma and Leukemia Awareness with a Custom Shirt

September is National Lymphoma and Leukemia Awareness Month. There are lots of ways that you can spread the word about lymphoma and leukemia. You can join a charity walk/run, participate in fundraising events, or wear a colored ribbon. But why should you limit building awareness to just one month of the year? Why not create a custom shirt that you can wear all year long?

The first step in the creative process, when designing an awareness shirt, is to think about what lymphoma or leukemia means to you. Are you, or is someone you know, a victim of one of these illnesses? What is the message that you want to convey?  These are all things that you should consider when designing your shirt.

 

Now that you have an idea of what your shirt should represent, you can start designing. When designing your custom shirt you should be aware of the latest trends in t-shirt designs. It is very popular to use a block design. With this layout out the text and art together create a square or block. Also, another well-liked design tactic is to mix font types, usually a bold font with a cursive font.  When designing for a charity or cancer event, it is popular to include the color of the cause you are supporting in the shirt.

First, you should start by choosing a shirt; you can choose a basic tee, v-neck or tank top.  Then choose the color of the shirt, are you going have the shirt be the color of the cause or will the font and art be the color of the cause?  For this example let’s make the shirt orange for leukemia, and then make the font basic colors like white and black.

Next, we will add the text. As mentioned before, block styled text is currently very popular.  When choosing your message, remember what this shirt is going to represent. If you are a survivor, or someone you know is currently fighting the disease, you might want to commemorate it in the message. To really deliver a message you might add a fact to emphasize your point.

Now that you’ve created your own Lymphoma or Leukemia shirt you can start creating awareness! Remember, just because September is National Lymphoma and Leukemia Awareness Month it doesn’t mean you can’t show your support every month!

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Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness month. Autism is a disability that affects millions of Americans worldwide.  According to the Autism Society, “Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum disorder” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause for autism, but increased awareness and funding can help families today.”  Below facts and statistics, as well as symptoms are provided by the Autism Society.

Facts & Statistics:

  • 1 percent of the population of children in the U.S. ages 3-17 have an autism spectrum disorder.
  • Prevalence is estimated at 1 in 110 births.
  • 1 to 1.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder.
  • Fastest-growing developmental disability; 1,148% growth rate.
  • 10 – 17 % annual growth.
  • $60 billion annual cost.
  • 60% of costs are in adult services.
  • Cost of lifelong care can be reduced by 2/3 with early diagnosis and intervention.
  • In 10 years, the annual cost will be $200-400 billion.
  • 1 percent of the adult population of the United Kingdom have an autism spectrum disorder.
  • The cost of autism over the lifespan is 3.2 million dollars per person.

Symptoms:

  • Does not babble or coo by 12 months
  • Does not gesture (point, wave, grasp) by 12 months
  • Does not say single words by 16 months
  • Does not say two-word phrases on his or her own by 24 months
  • Has any loss of any language or social skill at any age

Having any of these five “red flags” does not mean your child has autism. But because the characteristics of the disorder vary so much, a child showing these behaviors should have further evaluations by a multidisciplinary team. This team may include a neurologist, psychologist, developmental pediatrician, speech/language therapist, learning consultant, or other professionals knowledgeable about autism.

Get Involved:

A great way to be an active participant in Autism Awareness Month is to sign up for a walk, run, or marathon! Check your local listings for Autism Awareness events in your city.

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CG Group Shots: Everybody Loves Olive!

These very special group shots were sent to us by Dana, whose daughter Olive was born with a congenital heart defect (CHD) of May 2009 and since then has had two open heart surgeries to repair the defect.  Olive’s family created these designs for a walk to raise money for It’s My Heart (www.itsmyheart.org), to spread awareness for CHDs, and of course to show support for Olive and the other 40,000 babies born each year with CHDs.

Dana also included some enlightening facts about Congenital Heart Defects, that we wanted to share with our readers in spirit of spreading awareness for CHDs.

About 1 out of every 100 babies are born each year with some type of Congenital Heart Defect (40,000/year) (Source: Children’s Heart Foundation). Nearly twice as many children die from Congenital Heart Defects in the United States each year as from all forms of childhood  cancers combined, yet funding for pediatric cancer research is five times higher than funding for CHD (Source: Children’s Heart Foundation). Congenital Heart Defects are the #1 birth defect (Source: March of Dimes). Congenital Heart Defects are the #1 cause of birth defect related deaths. (Source: March of Dimes)

Thank you for sharing your story with us Dana and Olive! We wish you nothing but the best!

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