UPDATE – 1.8.12
Wow, I thought maybe 50 people would ask for bracelet. It’s been closer to (gulp) 300 in less than 24 hours.
So, that makes me feel:
1.Surprised! I had no idea I’d see so much interest.
2. Overwhelmed, as I’m not sure I can fill that demand, so please don’t hate me if I can’t get them all done!
3. Inspired that so many people want to be Heart Warriors and spread CHD awareness.
4. Motivated to do as many as I can because this is so important.
5. Justified, so many literary agents told me they couldn’t get Heart Warriors published because there wasn’t a market for it. Each person who might get an wear a bracelet is exactly the type of person who would read the book. Give this response, the market is huge.
I had over 300 bracelets at the ready yesterday, and they are already in packages ready to mail. But I’m out. I still have beads, and I will make as many bracelets as I can in January.
Here’s the snag. If I were mailing 50-100 packages, as I’d thought, that would have cost me at most $180 plus another $90 or so for the mailing envelopes. And I was OK with that as a tax-deductible expense for the book and good karma for CHD awareness. If I’m mailing between 300-500 packages, and have to buy more beads, that’s a much bigger expense than I was prepared for.
So, I’ll make a deal with you all. I’ll send what I have, but if you could help with the shipping that would be awesome. I’ll provide info about that when I email you about your individual orders.
If anyone wants to help with the expense I have a list of things I need (wire and beads and mailing envelopes) and web links for the least expensive place to buy them. Please contact me if you can help with that. I need four packages of colored beads (about $30 each with shipping) and about 20 containers of wire (about $3.50 each, so it’s best to buy those in multiples to save shipping) and one big box of mailing envelopes ($50 taking the price down from 62 cents per order to more like a penny). Anyway, please use the contact form if you’d like to help with that and I’ll move you to the front of the line – it’s only fair if you’re investing in the cost.
Today, I cannot promise I’ll get to everyone before Valentine’s day, but do my best and I’ll work down the list. Here’s how I’m doing it:
1. First come first served. If you emailed me before 5:00 pm yesterday you probably will get bracelets next week from the ones I already had done. Everyone else is in line, and I’ll do my best!
2. I just have to skip people who forgot to send their mailing addresses because in the time it takes to sort that out, I could have made 10 bracelets. I’ll come back to you when I get through everyone who sent an address.
3. People outside of the USA aren’t “skipped” so much as I need to coordinate with individuals in your home countries to redistribute the bracelets. Though I’ve had some Army Base folks email me and I’m pretty sure that postage is the same as domestic, so you’re golden.
OK, that’s my update. I probably won’t make more because I’ll be busy beading.
Everyone knows someone with CHD and that makes sense because it’s the single most common birth defect, but people don’t put one and one together to realize that since everyone knows someone with it, it’s actually pretty common.
One percent of babies, 40,000 of them each year, has some sort of heart defect. 20,000 of them will need surgery before they’re one. 8,000 of them won’t make it to age one. We’re the lucky 32,000 of 2003. Sadly, there are no longer still 32,000, we lose some every year. The ones who make it, like Liam, still face many obstacles and more surgeries. CHD isn’t “fixed” and doesn’t “go away.” Kids adapt but they don’t “outgrow” their defective hearts.
So, in an effort to raise CHD awareness and help promote Heart Warriors I’m extending a special offer to anyone who wants to help spread awareness. I’ve been making tons of pretty CHD awareness bracelets. The theme is “Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve for CHD.” I have some examples below, but they don’t all look exactly the same – variety is the spice of life.
Here’s the deal. I will send you ten bracelets absolutely free if you promise to give nine of them away along with a Heart Warriors card. I’ll even pay the shipping. If you have a big event or your school is willing to let you hand them out, I can send more. If you want your free bracelets, fill out the Ask Amanda form before the end of January, and don’t forget to give me your mailing address.
I’d love for you to come back to me with pictures of people wearing the bracelets and where they’ve been worn.
Thanks for helping spread the word!