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$5.00 Rubber wrist bracelet.. www.nationaldayofsobriety.ca

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Dear Canadian banks and credit unions, I am asking for your help in setting up both accounts and consider being used as a distribution channel for Canadians to donate and purchase their www.nationaldayofsobirety.ca rubber wrist band.

Currently I am looking for a company/individual to sponsor the purchase of these rubber wrist bands. The Canadian distributor that can provide such bands are located at the following web address. http://www.siliconeband.ca/order.php

The goal here is to ask Canadians to help out with any sized donation to your local Union Gospel Mission or alternatively your local food bank. This can also serve as a means for those visiting Vancouver and Whistler for the 2010 Olympics games to help give to a organization that helps those worst afflicted in Vancouver and through out Canada. Have you ever been asked for some spare change on the east side of Vancouver and beyond?

Most often people do give out of their kindness with trailing wonders of “did I just give this person another chance to get high?” In lieu of just giving spare change that perhaps would go directly to enable someone in their addiction, I am asking for those who have been so generous in the past to look at purchasing a $5.00 rubber wrist band to help the Union Gospel Mission and its affiliates.

By doing so people WILL get a warm meal, a change of clothes and or shelter to keep keeping on. My vision is to have every Canadian wear a National day of sobriety rubber wrist band to give those who are suffering a chance to get to that next step to a full recovery form their pain.

I’ll leave you with the lyrics of a song Phil Keaggy wrote some years ago…as it outlines part of my own and others painful past.

I heard the news today That another soldier tumbled,
A fragile warrior slipped and fell from grace.
The vultures swooped to tear his heart And pin him to the ground, And from the shadows someone took his place.
Today we talk amongst ourselves, We never bought his words.
We say we’ve seen the madness in his eyes.
Tomorrow he’s forgotten as We’ve scrubbed him from our hearts, And as he bleeds we slowly turn our eyes.
But it could’ve been me, I could’ve been the one to lose my grip and fall. It could’ve been me, The one who’s always standing tall. For unless you hold me tightly, Lord, And I can hold on too, Then tomorrow in the news It could be me, it could be me.
And in our hearts we fear the ones Whose lives are like our own, Whose shadows dance like Demons in our minds.
We think to push them far away, We exercise our souls, We make them play the tune for all mankind. Today we talk amongst ourselves, We never bought their words. We say we’ve seen the madness in their eyes.
Tomorrow they’re forgotten as We’ve scrubbed them from our hearts, And as they bleed we slowly turn our eyes.
But it could’ve been me, I could’ve been the one to lose my grip and fall.
It could’ve been me, The one who’s always standing tall.
For unless you hold me tightly, Lord, And I can hold on too, Then tomorrow in the news It could be me, it could be me.
But I believe there is a place Where we can run and hide, When we know that we can’t stand For one more day, And I believe You’re waiting, Lord, To hold me very close For You know without Your love I’d lose my way.
But it could’ve been me, I could’ve been the one to lose my grip and fall.
It could’ve been me, The one who’s always standing tall.
For unless you hold me tightly, Lord, And I can hold on too, Then tomorrow in the news It could be me, it could be me.

Thanks for sharing your time with me.
Vince Hartmann

I can be reached at vhartmann@nationaldayofsobriety.ca or my discussion group on Facebook search “National day of Sobriety February 3rd”.