A year ago Dallas Smith donated his used guitar strings while at a show in Kelowna (see here) and after a long winter and some creativity, we have just used the very last string! We were able to make 6 beautiful bracelets for fans including one lady’s 10 yr old daughter who is a huge Dallas Fan.
We hand delivered one bracelet during a concert in Kelowna which was very cool! And we also hand delivered one bracelet while Dallas was on a very cool trip across Canada with the CP Holiday Train which made a stop in Armstrong (photo courtesy of Dallas’ twitter selfies)
Six strings, six bracelets with two inspired by Dallas’ songs Jumped Right In (sea glass style) and Nothin But Summer (sandy beachy tones). The best part, is fans supported this with gusto, and we were able to do some great things via the World Vision Gift Catalog as well as Union Gospel Mission. Since part of the proceeds we sent were near Christmas time we decided to support UGMission and sent just under $78 dollars, which was enough to help feed 25 people!
With World Vision we were able to send the rest, ‘buying’ the following items:
- A piglet!
- School lunches for 20 kids for a month
- Sports Balls (kids need to run around and play too)
- Life Saving medicines for 10 kids
All totalled we raised just under $200 dollars for 6 strings! A hearty warm thanks to Dallas Smith and to the fans who supported us through Twitter and our Facebook page.. You guys are the best.
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Chris Kael from Five Finger Death Punch donated his bass strings to us a few weeks ago and we jumped in fast and furious to make bracelets and a few necklaces .. thanks to Chris re-tweeting our first tweet announcing the strings, we were inundated with people all wanting one! (fantastic!)
Couldn’t keep up at one point – the phone on my battery wore down trying to keep up with all the tweets haha.. the BEST kind of problem to have! Here is a small sampling of things we made with Chris’ 6 donated strings.
Lots of skulls 🙂 (Chris is the one glowering in the above photo.. his trademark look hah)
All told we were able to create 15 bracelets and a necklace from 6 strings! The fans were super supportive, and we raised a whopping $355.00 for World Vision. We asked fans on Twitter if we should do a little for many, or go ‘big’ and do something huge with the amount.. the overwhelming response was ‘go big or go home’ haha! SO..
We did the following:
- Stocked a medical clinic
- Immunized an entire community
- Lunches for 50 school kids for an entire month
- Support street children including a safe place to live, education etc
- Bought baby chicks for a family to raise for meat and breeding
- Soccer balls for kids to be kids!
Thanks so much to the fans who purchased the items, shared our posts and helped make this a huge success, and again to Chris’ assistant Brad for getting the strings to us, ands huge thanks to Chris Kael who’s motto is #PositivelyAffectingLives and who lives what he preaches!
So as you may remember from our last few blogs, we’ve been working on bracelets made from used guitar strings donated by guitar Jerry Horton from super group Papa Roach. Jerry was kind enough to send his strings after we chatted with him on Twitter, and we’ve finally been able to use them all! We’ve sent bracelets as far away as Russia and Poland!
We did four ‘lots’ of strings and raised a whopping $415 dollars! Even more whopping is the list of things we’ve been able to ‘purchase’ from World Vision’s gift catalog! They are:
- supply a classroom (twice)
- 3 soccer balls
- school lunches for 50 kids for a month
- Medicines for 20 kids
- text books for a classroom (twice)
- Syrian emergency relief ($20)
- Baby chicks (twice)
- 5 fruit trees
Many thanks to Jerry and the awesome Papa Roach fans who supported us!
the Glorious Sons are a Canadian rock band we became aware of through The Trews guitarist John Angus MacDonald who produced quite a few tracks on their new album. After seeing them live opening for The Trews last year I had an opportunity to ask singer Brett Emmons if he’d donate some guitar strings. He literally pulled a string off his acoustic on the spot and promised more – and sent his guitar tech to grab some!
Took me about a month to decide what to do with Brett’s strings and wanted to wait til after all the awards shows to do the auction. Came up with the items you see below.
Thanks to the band/mgmt posting our link on the band’s Twitter, and Brett sharing it on his Facebook page we did good! The money raised went to World Vision via their Gift Catalog and this is what we were able to purchase:
Many thanks to all involved for another great auction.
Sam Roberts Band auction results are in! Many thanks to everyone who bid, shared, and supported our latest guitar string auction.. we did good 🙂
We auctioned off a pile of strings from Sam Roberts himself and the results are in. We raised a whopping $380.00 and were able to purchase the following items on World Vision’s online gift catalog.
We were able to:
- educate a girl in need
- supply a classroom
- 3 soccer balls for school kids
- school feeding for 50 kids for a month
- feed a family for 30 days
- meds for 10 kids
- life saving nutrition for a child for 2 months
We saw Sam in person, August 10, and gave him a World Vision thank you card with everything listed, and he loved it, especially the 3 soccer balls, and the educating a girl in need. We had one tiny scrap of his guitar strings left, and made it into a bracelet with purple glass leaf charms which we gave to him for his lovely wife.. he loved that his strings could be turned into such good things.
Thanks so much to everyone involved and many thanks to Sam, his tour manager for saving the strings, and his manager for posting our auction on the band’s Facebook and twitter. We all did good.