Think back to the last time you wrote an e-mail? Probably today, during work. Or perhaps to let a friend in on plans.
Now think back to the last time you wrote a letter by hand. Was it a week ago? A month ago? A year ago? Perhaps it was college? Maybe earlier than that.
In a technology-based society, it is easy to forget how easy and satisfying it is to simply write a handwritten letter to someone. We also forget the joy we feel when receiving such a letter.
That’s why April is National Card and Letter Writing Month. A month where we think fondly of those we haven’t spoke to in ages and write handwritten letters to catch up. A handwritten letter to all of your clients (or even some of them) will surely increase customer satisfaction.
Why’s Earth Day so important? Governments worldwide are failing to take the necessary steps toward perserving our environment. That’s why this year’s campaign is centered on the idea of uniting people across the globe for a common cause: To call for a sustainable future and achieve quantifiable outcomes.
As of this writing, Earth Day is a little less than 25 days away. That means that organizations and people worldwide have almost a month to take environmental issues off the back burner and bring them into the forefront. The more individuals who get behind this cause, the easier it will be to speak with one voice and one message.
One of the major goals of the Earth Day Network which sponsors Earth Day is to gain global support for its campaign A Billion Acts of Green. The initiative invites people from all over the world to pledge to do something green. Individuals can contribute in a multitude of ways from pledging to recycle to promising to use less energy.
You can help the movement gain momentum by distributing Earth Day promos. So many different giveaways can be used, from seed packets to reusable totes.
No matter how you choose to help, Mother Nature will surely appreciate it!
As the popular saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers.” Perhaps, then, March is designated as National Umbrella Month so that people everywhere can be prepared for all that upcoming rain!
If you’re thinking about launching a promotional campaign this March, you may want to take advantage of this national observance. It’s a great way to get your name out there while also prepping your customers and clients for harsh weather conditions ahead.
The best part is that if you choose to hand out umbrellas printed with your company name and logo in honor of National Umbrella Month, everyone will have your giveaway on-hand in the coming months. That means that each time it rains, drizzles, snows or hails, they’ll reach for your logoed umbrella. Talk about massive brand exposure!
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recognizes that what our parents and grandparents have always told us is true: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We need a hearty meal at the beginning of each day to ensure we perform our best. That’s why the USDA introduced its School Breakfast Program in 1966 and made it permanent in 1975. It’s also why every March Americans celebrate National School Breakfast Week.
There are several reasons why a good breakfast is important. It gives us energy for the day and can even help us lose weight. According to WebMD, kids need a well-balanced morning meal the most: “Their growing bodies and developing brains rely heavily on the regular intake of food. When kids skip breakfast, they can end up going for as long as eighteen hours without food, and this period of semistarvation can create a lot of physical, intellectual, and behavioral problems for them.”
However, youngsters are never exactly eager to get out of bed earlier than they have to, even if it means sitting down for a nice meal. That’s what makes the USDA’s School Breakfast Program such a great idea. According to the USDA, “The School Breakfast Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions.” Under the program, eligible schools receive cash subsidies from the USDA with which they must offer healthy meals to students either for free or at affordable rates.
Not all parents know about the School Breakfast Program, which is why spreading the word during National School Breakfast Week is important. If you’re curious about whether or not your school participates in the program, contact your state’s State agency. Remember, breakfast really is the most important meal of the day!
Alcohol is a common substance to celebrate the events of life with the people you are closest to. Alcohol, when used responsibly among friends and family, can be a great commodity at a party or gathering. Once abused, alcohol can turn your joyous celebration into a nightmare. It impairs judgment of the user and can cause great risk to you and those around you. According to MADD, a person is injured in an alcohol-related crash every minute and one person will die from an alcohol-related car crash every 50 minutes. Other statistics, including the percentage of 8th graders that drink and how many teens will die from alcohol poisoning this year (1 in 3 and 6,000 deaths respectively) only confirm how terrifying alcohol can truly be.
April is Alcohol Awarness Month. It is a time when we focus on anti-drug programs and alcohol-awareness education for men, women and children of all ages. We focus on using alcohol responsibly and what can become of us if we should choose the dangerous lifestyle of persistent abuse.
The Motivators website has an Alcohol Awareness Month Giveaway page – a webpage with promotional products handpicked by myself and the rest of the merchandising team. These items will surely help you get the cause out to those who may need it or those who, with your help, will never be irresponsible with alcohol.
If laughter is the best medicine, then the coming month will be a very healthy one. April is National Humor Month.
This is a month where we celebrate everything that is funny and brings humor to us on a daily basis. Whether it is a movie, a television show, a good friend or even a family member, April is the perfect month to just sit back, relax and crack up.
Show your appreciation to class clowns and jokesters everywhere with custom imprinted pens that can laugh. The Man Laughing Pen and the Laughing Pen are two pens with fun characters on a spring that laugh when you press a button. These pens will make you crack up and bring tears to your eyes.
Here at the Awareness Months blog we usually discuss various national observances and the many different ways you can celebrate them. But today I’m writing about something a little more serious — a new campaign that’s going viral across the Internet. The point of the awareness initiative is to make the leader of one violent army “famous.”
You may be asking yourself, “Why would we want to bring fame to a brutal commander?” Hear me out — the idea is that, with increased awareness, he will be brought to justice.
A main component of the awareness campaign is a viral video that was put together by Invisible Children, an organization that aims to bring peace to Uganda and gather attention to Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), and his use of children as soldiers. The 30-miunute video offers an in-depth look at the effect of Kony’s guerrilla group on the youth in and around Uganda. You can watch the clip below:
While Invisible Children does seem to have good intentions, according to the Washington Post, “some activists have raised concerns about the methods used by [the group] to raise awareness.” On Monday, #StopKony began trending worldwide on Twitter, and its maintained popularity since. Additionally, as of writing this post, the film, entitled “KONY 2012,” has received over 36 million views on YouTube.
What Kony’s doing is undoubtedly wrong, but does it deserve all the attention it’s now receiving? One journalist for Foreign Affairs asserts that Invisible Children has manipulated facts, exaggerated information, and inaccurately portrayed Kony as “uniquely awful.” Furthermore, the Washington Post reports that President Obama has already sent U.S. troops to help the Ugandan military move Kony out of power, and that the LRA is weaker due to these efforts.
Invisible Children, which received “four stars financially” and “two stars for accountability and transparency” by Charity Navigator, a United States charity rater, of course has good intentions. But when the facts are collected, they beg the question: Will a viral video and a worldwide Twitter trend really make a difference?