Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Frikes* Saving Lives!

Happy New Year, Frikes!

2010 was a great year here at Cathy's Creations. We opened our Etsy shop in April and started our fb fan page soon after, which is great, but the most rewarding thing about this year has been raising awareness and money for so many wonderful causes.

And now we're starting 2011 off with a bang!

We have a new Alzheimer's Awareness Bracelet in the shop. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Alzheimer's Association, whose main goal is to find a cure. Anyone with a loved one who has suffered from Alzheimer's Disease knows how important this is.

We're also working on a Japanese braiding technique for making necklaces called Kumihimo. The result is beautiful, and can be seen in our Blue Kumihimo Necklace. There's only one available, so act fast!

The thing I'm most excited about in January, though, is that it's National Blood Donor Awareness month!

Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. More than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day. Sickle cell disease affects more than 80,000 people in the U.S., 98 percent of whom are African American. Sickle cell patients can require frequent blood transfusions throughout their lives. More than 1 million new people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment. A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood. The number of blood donors in the U.S. in a year: 9.5 million. (All information comes from redcrossblood.org.)

We have a new Blood Donor Hero Bracelet in our shop that is not only gorgeous, a portion of its proceeds benefit the Red Cross.

But here's the best part. I've pulled some strings and stuck a deal with a screen-printing company who has agreed to help me with something:

Every Frike who donates blood this month gets a t-shirt!

Imagine how many lives we can save by donating blood this month! All you have to do is post a picture on my fan page of yourself giving blood, or your band-aid, or you with your "I gave blood" sticker.

Now get out there and donate. Visit redcrossblood.org to find a blood drive or set an appointment. You'll be glad you did, and you might even save a life.

*"Frike" is a term combining "Fan," "Friend," and "Like." I made it up and am proud of it! Click HERE to see the definition in Urban Dictionary.

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