What Are Reading Buddies?
Reading Buddies are a pack of three things:
1) A recycled stuffed animal (cleaned before given to customers)
2) A recycled book
3) A sewn sleeping bag
Together these three things make up a reading buddy. Reading Buddies are meant to encourage children to read. In fact we encourage each child that receives a reading buddy to read this oath:
Oath of Teddy
I swear to read to my teddy and help my teddy learn. I promise to always be nice to my teddy and if I ever I no longer want him, I promise to give him to someone who needs him and will love him just I like did.
This is my absolutely true promise!
La Promesse de toutou
Je jure que je vais lire des histoires à mon toutou et l’aider à apprendre à lire. Je promets que je vais toujours être gentil/gentille avec mon toutou. Si jamais je ne veux plus de mon toutou, je promets de le donner à quelqu’un qui en a besoin et qui l’aimera à son tour.
Ceci est ma vraie de vraie promesse!
A child can use their reading buddies in multiple ways. They can hold them when they are being taught how to read, they can read to them or teach their reading buddies how to read or they can use them during story time/during bedtime stories.
Not only does this product help your child learn how to read and develop a love of reading but 5$ from every product sold goes to children literacy charities or to charities that help children who have no access to education. On top of this Powered Crowd is working on employing people who are new to the area such as refugees.
If you want to be part of a Powered Crowd and help make some positive change while getting an awesome product go here
What are You Are Not Alone Bracelets?
Go see this video for an introduction:
In short these bracelets and supposed to be a visual representation of the phrase you are not alone. Every bracelet comes with a charm that says you are not alone and beads. Each different bead represents some kind of trial people might face in their life.
As someone who has had some trials in her life that made me feel alone. ( see video here) I wanted to make a product that helped people feel less lonely. I also wanted people to embrace who they are and celebrate their trials instead of letting them weigh on them. I hope that people who wear these bracelets will feel empowered to embrace who they are. I also hope that if they see someone else with one of these bracelets it will help some people feel less alone. Finally I hope this will create positive change not only for the reasons I mentioned but also because I hope it starts discussions and reduces the stigma on things such as mental health ( (see the meaning of the gold bead which will facilitate this).
Q: I don’t see a bead for something I would like to be represented. Are you planning on releasing one?
A: Yes! I will be expanding the beads to include more trials different people might face. Feel free to let me know what kind of Beads you would like to see.