Television Journalist Gives the Gift of Gratitude
While the news media is often blamed for deliberately spinning the news to promote fear, one television journalist is doing the opposite. Toni Garbo, a managing news editor in Cleveland, Ohio, is spreading gratefulness and hope with her new wristband, “Thank You God, I am Grateful.”
Garbo says she was inspired to create the “Thank You” wristbands by watching televised celebrity awards shows, stating she is always touched when she hears a celebrity thank God in front of the world. She originally created the reminder wristband, which she compares to tying a string around your finger, for herself saying, “I needed a reminder to help me pause and reflect on the good and the positive found in the moment and throughout the day.”
The simple reminder bracelet on her wrist worked so well that Garbo wanted to share the wristband with friends, family and others. She ordered one thousand gray and black bracelets bearing the words “Thank You God, I am Grateful.” Then she launched www.thankyoubracelets.com and the message of gratitude began to spread. Garbo has given the wristbands to journalists, television executives, business professionals, volunteers, politicians, celebrities, students, caretakers, soldiers, veterans, church groups and those in 12-step programs.
“I believe gratefulness promotes peace in the hearts and in the world,” said Garbo. “We have much to be thankful for in our lives and when we focus on what we have, instead of what we don’t have, we are happier.”
Members of the Ohio State Buckeye Football Team heard about the wristbands and are now wearing them on and off the field. “I gave one to a coworker of mine and her son saw it and wanted to wear it. She recently asked me if I had any more because many of her son’s teammates wanted to wear one this season. As fate would have it those teammates are The Ohio State Buckeyes.” An A.P. photo recently featured an Ohio State player making a catch wearing the “Thank You God, I am Grateful” wristband on both arms.
Garbo is encouraging Americans to give the gift of gratefulness to each other during these tough economic times. “Even during those dark days, you can find the good, and then all of a sudden the sun is shining in your heart.”
The “Thank You” bracelets are priced at two for $3.00 and available at www.thankyoubracelets.com. Two bracelets are provided so others can spread the message of gratefulness. You can use the second wristband as a gift! A portion of the proceeds will go to charities that help children, including Providence House and Missionaries of Charity, founded by Mother Theresa.
These “Thank You God, I am Grateful” wristbands are a great idea for birthdays, Christmas, Thanksgiving, and other occasions all year long!
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