Wristbands for Charity

Wristbands for Charity
By: Wendy Ray

A color for every cause? Charities across the country are jumping on the bracelet bandwagon, but is this trend still an effective way for charities to raise awareness? The bracelets are a big hit in more ways than one. Whether it's a yellow band for the Lance Armstrong foundation, or red for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, wristbands are raising awareness and a lot of money for great causes.

Pink is for breast cancer awareness, bright orange is for juvenile diabetes, and red is for the National MS Society. We could go on and on. Cape Central Senior David Jenkins says, "They look nice. It started with the whole Lance Armstrong thing. Everybody saw everyone else wearing them and it's become a fad at our school." Blue is the color of choice for Jenkins. He's not just wearing a blue wristband because it matches with his outfit, he supports the March of Dimes and it's mission, "Saving Babies Together." Jenkins' fellow FBLA members do, too. They sold 550 bands at two dollars a piece, raising $1100 for the March of Dimes. "We raised more money with the armbands than with quarters," Jenkins says. Collecting quarters was their old fundraiser, bands are where the money's at this year. March of Dimes director Christy Rains says she ran out of 2,200 in less than a month. "They've been continually asking for more bracelets and more bracelets, money keeps coming in," Rains says. Make that a lot money. Rains hopes these bands raise $10,000 more than the organization collected last year with other fundraising efforts. Even though the money's great, supporters of these bands say they also make people think about worthwhile organizations they may have never thought about before. "I like it," Jenkins says. "It makes me think I did a good thing with buying the band."

Most organizations sell the bands for a dollar or two a piece. There are bands out there that do not support an organization. If you want to buy one from a charity, the bands are cleared marked so you can tell which one you are getting.