Hey guys! I know I know, it’s been way too long since you’ve heard from me. I have no excuses. I only ask for forgiveness. Thank you
Now, although I haven’t posted on here in a while doesn’t mean we’ve been inactive. Quite the opposite in fact. Just in the last month alone we have conducted a successful fundraiser with t-shirts through Teespring. Here’s the link www.teespring.com/Paws4PTSD and if you missed out, don’t worry we will launch another campaign soon.
We crushed our original goal of 50 shirts by selling 63! Thank you to each and every one of you who got a shirt. Now, I am very excited to see pictures of our fans and supporters wearing those shirts! (hint hint) I’d also love to hear the stories about the opportunities those shirts will make as people as about them. The opportunity to talk and make “human” PTSD and all those who it effects.
On top of the shirts, my wife asked me if I’d every considered the silicone bracelets like Livestrong. Not only did she ask, but she forwarded me a link to a company to price and order. I thought long and hard. I thought about the impact of awareness bracelets and the financial risk with our very limited finances. Then I shook my head and reminded myself that my wife’s ideas are awesome!
We made an initial order of 200 bracelets and to my astonishment we have moved through almost half of those in just a few days. If you still need one (Or 5 for all your friends) you can hit the donate now button here on our website and make a $2 donation for each bracelet.
For those who have already donated for yours I want to give you my sincere thanks. I’ve had mine on since they came in the mail and I’ve already been given the opportunity to talk to people about what they stand for. On the bands is the phrase “Stronger than PTSD” and our website. The phrase connects our philosophies with the shirt design from our initial campaign. The shirts said “I’m not who I was before” on the front, and “I’m stronger” on the back. Get the theme?
We all face our daily struggles. Sometimes small things, sometimes huge things, and with PTSD sometimes insurmountable things if we are alone and without support. These shirts and bracelets are nothing more than a tool. A tool to humanize those of us who suffer PTSD. A tool to spark a conversation. A tool to bring awareness, not to PTSD specifically, but to the fact we are NOT the monsters of the media. We are human beings with PTSD and care about each other.
So, until next time, take care of yourself and stay safe.