Sunday, March 16, 2014

Journey with Gina Fundraiser Bracelet

One of my very dearest friend's sister was recently diagnosed with cancer. What a nasty disease it is. She's just started chemo and has been out of work since January. It's hard to know what to do in a situation like this. and so I began to pray for something I could do to help out. I had just made an adjustable bracelet from a kit I had ordered from UnkamenSupplies and loved the concept. Then inspiration hit! We live in a small, rural community that is known for their generous and giving hearts. There's rarely a weekend where there isn't a fundraiser of some kind being held for someone in need and people rally around those needing help. I've eaten my fair share of BBQ and chicken dinners to aid various causes, so figured something more tangible would also be well received. After messaging Ralph for permission, which he graciously granted, the Journey with Gina bracelet was born. She's a die hard Miami Dolphins fan so there had to be a dolphin and a tribute to one of the team colors.  I worked with her sister to choose the other charms and the colors are a few of her favorites.
. She knew nothing about this. With the help of another dear friend of hers, we pre-sold the first 15 bracelets for $20 each, with all the profits going directly to her. It was such a blessing to be able to show it to her and tell her that her sister got the very first one, and had helped in the planning of it.

I had prayed that we could sell at least 50- and thought that was thinking big. But my,oh my! I'm on my third re-order of supplies and we're close, if not over, the 100 sales mark. I'm going to post this in my Etsy store as soon as I get caught up with orders- not sure when that will be as they keep coming in. It comes with a card that contains a Bible verse chosen specifically for her, and a thank you for choosing to go on this journey with her. 

So here's a shout out to this wonderful community of Okeechobee- the small town with a very big heart!!! If you're interested in ordering one of these bracelets, you can leave a comment on the blog below and once I catch up on the orders already placed, we'll send you one (s/h $2.50 each).

The response and support for Gina sure added a huge dash of joy and splash of grace to my day- and hers!



  1. This concept of Christie's has been such a blessing in so many ways. :) I absolutely love mine and people notice it every day. I wear it with my watch and it jingles all the time...and thus, reminds me to pray constantly for my precious sister. Thank you Christie...for all you've done for us. I adore you!

    1. Love you bunches, dear one. Privileged to be part of your sister's journey; grateful to be part of your life!

  2. Christie, what a thoughtful idea. I'm sorry to hear about your friend's sister - will pray for her recovery. It sounds as though she has an incredibly supportive community to support her. Your bangle idea is just fantastic and I'm happy to hear the fund raiser has exceeded your expectations - that is GREAT!!