One of the most rewarding aspects of working in the promotional products industry is helping organizations spread the word about worthy causes. Throughout the year key months are designated to help these organizations educate and raise awareness about important issues. Here are six examples of campaigns working to better our communities throughout the year, and promo ideas that can help their mission.
February: American Heart Month
When the first American Heart Month was proclaimed in 1964 more than half the deaths in the United States were caused by cardiovascular disease. While it is still the leading cause of death in the US, it is also one of the most preventable. American Hearth Month raises awareness for making heart-healthy choices, managing your health with your doctor and spreading the word about heart disease prevention. (1)
#41061 Laureate First Aid Bag – A 17 piece kit containing an assortment of first aid essentials in a convenient mini bag with attached clip.
#65066 Caring Heart Retractable Badge Holder – Promote heart heath around the office with this retractable badge holder with swivel alligator clip.
#32029 Arnold Aluminum Power Bank 8000 mAh – The small and sleek size is perfect for people on-the-go who want reliable power that can charge multiple devices at once.
#36619 JAFFA® Cardinal – Honor top supporters with this beautiful, elegant award. The Cardinal represents cheer, hope and inspiration
April: Autism Awareness Month
The Autism Society launched National Autism Awareness Month nearly 25 years ago to promote inclusion and self-determination for all so people living with ASD are provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life. In conjunction with World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd, NAAM promotes autism acceptance and attention to the tens of thousands facing an autism diagnosis each year. (2)
#15760 Clear Slingpack – CPSIA compliant, complies with applicable children product testing standards, with two zippered compartments and a side mesh pocket.
#45908 Double Wall Translucent Tumbler – A classic tumbler with clear outer wall and colorful, translucent inner wall. Includes snap-on lid with matching straw.
#65221 Silicone Awareness Wrist Band – Continue to show support long after an awareness event with this wrist band imprinted with an organization logo or message.
#15916 Mega Grocery Tote – Promote awareness every time people visit the store carrying this reusable tote with large main compartment and reinforced bottom panel.
June: PTSD Awareness
In 2014, the US Senate designated the full month of June for National PTSD Awareness. The purpose of PTSD Awareness Month is to encourage everyone to raise public awareness of PTSD and effective treatments. Mental health experts are uncertain why some people develop PTSD and others do not, but greater understanding and awareness of PTSD could help people recognize symptoms and seek care. (3)
#26090 Survival Band – Contains a whistle, compass and two lengths of paracord over 4-1/2 feet long when unraveled. Adjustable drawstring to fit most wrist sizes.
#45036C KOOZIE® Six-Pack Kooler Pattern – A durable KOOZIE® six-pack kooler made of durable watertight construction in trendy camouflage or patriotic print.
#7212 American Armed Forces Calendar – Show support for US troops all year long with this appointment calendar filled with patriotic spirit.
#36724 JAFFA® Patriot Trophy – This towering silver award is accented with an artistic American flag and sits on a marble base. A great way to award honor and patriotism.
September: Hunger Action Month
Every September people all over America stand together with a nationwide network of food banks to spread the word and take action against the hunger crisis. 1 in 8 people struggle with hunger, and research from Feeding America demonstrates that hunger exists in every county in the America. During Hunger Action Month food banks across the country help raise awareness of food insecurity and promote adequate nutrition as essential for a strong foundation in life. (4)
#45647 Circle Jar Opener – A helpful jar opener that comes to the rescue if things get stuck. Custom shapes available in standard colors by request.
#45791 – Polly-Clean Bottle® – 27 oz. – A classic squeezable sport bottle with push-pull drink-thru lid. The wide mouth makes adding ice cubes or stirring simple.
#55840 Slope Pen – Make sure important messages “pop” on the bright, translucent barrel of this plunger-action pen.
#15922 Non-Woven Shimmer Lunch Cooler – The shimmer pattern elevates the look of this classic cooler complete with zippered main compartment, front slip pocket, and heat-sealed PEVA lining.
October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Think pink! Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. Breast cancer awareness month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of early detection because most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. (5) A variety of events around the world are organized by corporations, government agencies, non-profits and other supporters every October to help educate and raise awareness.
#SND4B25 BIC® Sticky Note™ Ribbon Shaped Die Cut Adhesive Notepad – Promote special causes with Sticky Notes™! Includes free set-up and 4-color process imprint.
#40617 Shoe Wallet – A great promo for charity run/walk events. Secures with a hook and loop closure and feature a fold-over top pocket and side zipper pocket.
#20663 Planner – Women’s Health – Keep track of important medical information, insurance ID cards and records with this handy planner.
#32049 HyperGear™ H2O Wireless Speaker – This wireless speaker plays up to six hours of music on a full charge and connects to devices wirelessly from up to 33 feet away.
November: Adoption Awareness Month
The mission of National Adoption Month is to celebrate the families who have grown through adoption, and to recognize the children who are still waiting for forever families. Across the country events and observances like volunteer recruitment, recognition dinners, fundraising drives and community activities take place. These events highlight Adoption Awareness Month’s mission, honor people who have made a difference, spread awareness and support those involved with the system. (6)
#15300 Diaper Bag – This diaper bag has a large zippered main compartment and includes a matching striped changing pad.
#26087 Cozy Blanket – A soft and cozy blanket with subtle, wide-stripe texture and embroidery imprint. Ships folded and inserted into a clear carrying bag.
#40250 Baby Bib – A 5% cotton/35% poly-knit bib that is quick and easy to put on and take off with hook and loop closure for safety.
#40253 Giraffe Growth Chart – A cute giraffe accompanies an organization’s message on this growth chart which is sure to appeal to parents and kids alike.
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