BANDZ is on a mission to DO GOOD and GIVE BACK. We would love to work with your organization to make an everlasting impression on our communities and provide support to your beneficiaries. We’ve created our #BANDZfortheWORLDcampaign, which strives to create awareness of a new nonprofit organization each month.
DOWN FOR DONUTS
Down for Donuts is a functional fitness competition in Ocala, FL that raises money to support nonprofit Gigi’s Playhouse in Gainesville, FL. Gigi’s Playhouse was the first Down syndrome achievement center in the state of Florida, helping both children and adults. “All programs aim to maximize self-confidence and empower individuals to achieve their greatest potential,” says Gigi’s. Gigi’s Playhouse is an incredibly important organization for Ted Dreaver, owner of Down for Donuts and CrossFit Iron Legion. Ted and Karen Dreaver’s daughter, Kiera, was born with Down syndrome and found great support and information from Gigi’s Playhouse. On one Donut Friday Karen created a meme using Kiera’s face because she was making a “donut face” which further led to the creation of her Instagram @kierasdownfordonuts. Her Instagram handle inspired the founding of Down for Donuts which is on it’s 6th year of raising funds and supporting Gigi’s Playhouse. kierasdownfordonuts Each year in the United States, about 6000 babies are born with Down syndrome. Although a lifelong condition, the CDC says “services early in life will often help babies and children with Down syndrome to improve their physical and intellectual abilities.” Down for Donuts’ and Gig’s Playhouse’s mission is to offer programs to help people of all ages who function as best as possible in their everyday lives. To help, BANDZ is offering a preorder of an exclusive Down for Donuts edition headband from which all profits will be donated to Gigi’s Playhouse! Additionally, 5% of all March sales via www.bandzwear.co will be donated. We appreciate all help to maximize our contribution to these organizations.
The #GoldTogether for childhood cancer campaign is founded by pediatric brain cancer survivor Cole Eicher. The mission is simple“Let’s work together to have more impact, more options and better outcomes for courageous kids fighting cancer." Gold Together is a way for people passionate about childhood cancer to join in and be a voice for children. In 2018 #GoldTogether became a national program with the American Cancer Society with all funds raised supporting childhood cancer research, support services, and awareness as well as cancer prevention efforts targeting children. #GoldTogether connects and empowers children and their families impacted by cancer for a lifetime of support with the American Cancer Society.
"Hello, my name is Christopher LaBeause. Recently a soldier of mine sadly took his own life. Although Veteran Suicide is not a new thing. It is crazy how we as NCOs and soldiers cannot solve this problem. Instead of drinking, like many of us do during a time like this, I sat and racked my brain on how to fix this pandemic we have sweeping our military. After a long sleepless night, I came up with #StoryTime. #StoryTime is named after the soldier that took his own life. The program that I want to roll out is not people videoing themselves doing 22 pushups but taking real action. On the 22nd of each month at 1800 you stop what you are doing and call a buddy you have not talked to in a while. It is intended to check in on them, say hi, and see how they are doing. I am asking for the help to get this practice off the ground [and remember] the ones we have lost to this horrible issue that plagues our military. Thank you for your support with your order and I hope together we can make an impact on Veteran suicide." - Christopher LaBeause