As this blog has become more and more successful, I have been thinking a lot about ways that we can take our mission to cure cancer a step further by using it as a tool to raise more money for American Cancer Society. I didn't want to fill the blog with ads, and I know you are all already working hard to meet your own goals, so I didn't want to ask for straight up Relay donations. My solution? Ask you all to do something you already do. Shop on AMAZON. If you are anything like me, Amazon is your go to source for online shipping. Here's how it works. When you want to shop on Amazon, click this link:
Shop Amazon and support our fundraising efforts!
And Amazon will send me a percentage of your purchase via the Amazon Associates program, which I will turn around and donate! The percentage is anywhere between 4 and 10 percent, which is much higher than the Amazon Smile program. I am so excited about this opportunity, and really hope you all will make your purchases through these affiliate links, so that we can fund more cures faster!
Now, back to the show :)
I noticed in surveys last year, we were asked if we would be interested in something like this, and it is obvious that ACS listened! From now through November 7th, 2015 you can purchase (or fund raise by selling!) this palm-sized metal keepsake, embellished with a Relay For Life logo and antique silver finish and strung with a decorative purple ribbon, with a $35 contribution to Relay For Life.
IT'S A FLIPPING RELAY FOR LIFE LUMINARIA ORNAMENT! I seriously need a TREE full. A PURPLE tree full.
And obviously, I would love for you to buy yours from Cancer Man - but I also want to share this with you so you can use it for your own personal fundraising. I mean, we are all in this together, right?
Here is Cancer Man's Facebook post on these:
I think this is really cool...
Christmas is coming up and we have the perfect gift for you to give someone who has EVERYTHING. Make a 35$ donation to my Relay fundraising here....(click limited edition keepsake) http://tinyurl.com/RelayKeepsake and you will get this really awesome luminaria bag ornament. You can personalize the card so you can give it to a friend in memory or honor of someone. i think it would be a really special way to remember someone at Christmas the gift is beautiful but the gift also helps us find a cure and helps me reach my Relay goal.
And.... let's face it. Im going to talk you out of at least 35$ this year anyway, so you might as well get something super aWESome with your money to!
And here is my post (and guys, you can totally use my words I don't mind at all!)
Christmas is a magical time of year, and today I want to share a special way you can honor or remember someone with cancer this year, and for years to come.
This is the first time we have done something like this, and I think it is absolutely fantastic. As someone who looks at Christmas as a time of giving, instead of receiving, I can not think of a better gift. In fact, if I had nothing but a tree full of these for Christmas, I would probably be the happiest person alive.
What is this little rectangle thing? It's a luminaria bag. If you are not familiar with Relay For Life, we hold a very special ceremony at each event, where we light these bags in honor, in support, or memory, of someone who has had cancer. Anyone who has attended one of these ceremonies can tell you it is nothing short of life changing. It is a moment of happiness, grief, and bonding like nothing else I have ever experienced. To a Relayer, each bag represents a loved one- A LIFE, that should not be forgotten. A battle that was won. A child, a spouse, a parent, a friend, or a loved one.
This holiday season, I ask that you consider giving just one of these as a gift. They are limited edition, and come with a beautiful box and gift note. You can ship it directly to the recipient, or to yourself. Not only will you be giving a gift that keeps on giving, you will also be supporting Cancer Man in his mission to create more family Christmas memories for others.
To purchase, simply make a $35 tax deductible donation here: (click limited edition keepsake) http://tinyurl.com/RelayKeepsake
Please help us by sharing with everyone you know!
ANDDDDDD- here are some great photos that I downloaded from Brand Toolkit that you can use with your Facebook posts. Just right click and save to your computer!
Now, I have this strange ability to write posts on FB and Twitter all day long (Cancer Man does to- must be genetic!) but not everyone knows just what to say. Guess what? There's an info sheet for that! I am copy and pasting for you so you can do the same :)
Relay For Life Keepake – Toolkit Social Assets
Message 1 – Announcement
Recommended timing: September 16 - 25
You can shine a light all year long with a limited edition Relay For Life keepsake. Order now through November 7 at relayforlife.org/[EVENT URL].
Shine a light all year long with a limited edition @relayforlife keepsake. Order now at relayforlife.org/[EVENT URL].
You can shine a light all year long with a limited edition #relayforlife keepsake. Order now at relayforlife.org/keepsake.
Message 2 – Reminder
Recommended timing: October 5 - 16
The Relay For Life limited edition keepsake makes a great gift for the holidays! Order now through November 7 at relayforlife.org/[EVENT URL].
The @relayforlife limited edition keepsake makes a great gift for the holidays! Order now at relayforlife.org/[EVENT URL].
The #relayforlife limited edition keepsake makes a great gift for the holidays! Order now at relayforlife.org/keepsake. #holidayshopping
Message 3 – Last Chance
Recommended timing: October 23 - November 2
Now’s the last chance to order a Relay For Life limited edition keepsake for the holidays! It’s a great gift for everyone on your list or as a way for you to always keep the Relay For Life movement close to your heart this season. Order by November 7 at relayforlife.org/[EVENT URL].
Last chance to order a @relayforlife limited edition keepsake for the holidays! Order by 11/7 at relayforlife.org/[EVENT URL].
Now’s the last chance to order a #relayforlife limited edition keepsake for the holidays. Order by 11/7 at relayforlife.org/keepsake. #holidayshopping
This is an amazing fundraiser for the holidays, and you have all of the tools you need to pull it off right here! What are you waiting for? Let's make this a purple Christmas!
As always, with HOPE-