Inspired by the saying 'pull free', I have decided to name my campaign Love Her Free, meaning to, using the power of love, free victims of bullying, abuse, addiction, and mental illness, of the burdens that come with their struggles. I am selling shirts to raise funds, of which I will donate to the charities To Write Love On Her Arms, and Random Acts. On the front of the shirt is the Love Her Free logo, and on the back is text that states; "Raising awareness and showing love to victims of bullying, abuse, and mental illness." I created these shirts in the hope that, not only will I raise funds, but people might be able to see the message on the shirt and gather hope from it. My goal is to create a community of people who love rather than hate, who speak words of life rather than words of hurt, and who speak up when nobody else will.
I want to raise awareness for victims of bullying, abuse, and mental illness, because I feel that though most people hear about this stuff all the time, they don’t realize that these are real things that truly do affect millions on a daily basis. I would like to sell these shirts to raise money to donate to the charities To Write Love On Her Arms, and Random Acts, as well as raise awareness. Below I would like to inform you on the charities that I plan to donate the profits to.
To Write Love on Her Arms, as stated on their website, is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression,addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery. Their founder, Jamie Tworkowski, began this non-profit simply as a story on MySpace. His friend Renee suffered with addiction, depression, self-injury, and suicidal thoughts. He wrote about the five days he spent with her a treatment center,and he sold t-shirts to cover the cost. Soon, many people had read his story and he was getting, and answering, messages from people all around the world. "They longed to lift the heavy weight of depression. They wanted to befree from addiction or self-injury, to stay alive and live fully. They were mourning those they’d lost to such struggles, and they reached out to ask what they could do to bring hope to their communities." In 2011, TWLOHA became an official nonprofit. Since 2006, they’ve
~Responded to 180,000 messages from people in over 100 countries around the world.
~Traveled more than 3,000,000 miles to meet people in their communities.
~Shared more than 600 blog posts from contributors who wanted to let others know that they aren't alone.
~Donated more than $1.5 million to treatment and recovery and granted funding to 73 different organizations and counseling practices.
I hope you can see just why I've chosen TWLOHA as one of my two charities to support. If you would like to know more, please feel free to check them out at https://twloha.com.
Random Acts, my second charity of choice, states; "It’s our mission to conquer the world one random act of kindness at a time. We are here to inspire acts of kindness around the world both big and small. We provide a vast network of caring people with the encouragement and support they need to change lives for the better." On December 3, 2009, Misha Collins, an actor who plays the angel Castiel on the TV show Supernatural, used Twitter to ask his followers (affectionately known as his "minions") to come up with ideas for a "minion stimulus" project. The goal was to get US government stimulus money (money to help attempt to stop an economic decline) for non-profit initiatives. The pursuit of government funding was soon abandoned to create a privately organized charity, originally known as MinionStimulus. Misha chose Lisa Walker as the Director of Charitable Affairs and gave her some direction. Together, Misha and Lisa began using the forces of good at their disposal. Since then, they have made many changes to the organization, including it's name. In 2011, Lisa stepped down from her spot as Director, and they have welcomed Cinde Monsam as their new Director.
Random Acts has five values;
~Every individual can be a catalyst for positive change in the world and in their own life.
~Everyone deserves to be treated with respect.
~Each person can make a positive impact within their social network and community.
~Kindness breeds kindness.
~Being kind is fun!
One other thing that Random Acts does is fund and provide needed essentials for the random acts of kindness that they speak so much of. You can apply for funding, up to $1,000, depending on your circumstance. You can also request fliers and/or business cards.
I, again, hope you can see why I have chosen these two charities to support. If you would like to know more about Random Acts, feel free to check them out at https://randomacts.org.