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Red Awareness Pins To Celebrate Red Ribbon Week

Awareness_Red_Ribbon_Heart_Each October, schools recognize the oldest and largest campaign designed to prevent young people from using drugs.  While the exact dates of the celebration vary each year, many people understand the importance of these days in a larger campaign to prevent substance abuse.

The week serves as a way for communities and people everywhere to take a stand against substance abuse and the destruction it brings to children, lives, homes, and communities.  Each person who participates in the celebration makes a personal commitment to stay free of substance abuse and work toward a drug-free United States.  The week also celebrates the life of DEA Special Agent Enrique Camarena who was killed by a Mexican drug cartel as he fought to keep drugs out of our country and protect our children.

The life and untimely death of Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena serves as the inspiration for the red ribbon campaign.  Agent Camarena was raised in a very poor home, but he dreamed of making a difference.  As he grew, he attended college, proudly served in the US Marine Corps, and served as a Police Officer.  He decided to join the US Drug Enforcement Administration, a move which his family tried to talk him out of.  He told his mother, “I can’t not do this, I’m only one person, but I want to make a difference.”  He was sent to work in an undercover assignment in Mexico, investigating a dangerous and well-connected drug cartel.  On February 7, 1985, as Agent Camarena left his office to join his wife for lunch, five men forced him into a car.  His body was found a month later.

After the tragedy, friends and Congressman Duncan Hunter launched Camarena Clubs in California, where Camarena was raised.  Club members promised to lead drug-free lives as a way to honor Camarena and others who had died in the drug wars.  Club members also began wearing red satin ribbons as a way to memorialize him.

The Red Ribbon Week remains as one of Agent Camarena’s most important legacies, helping to preserve his memory and continue his work against illegal narcotics.

By wearing a red ribbon during the last week of October, people everywhere can show their support for an America free of the scourge of narcotics.  In many areas, the traditional red awareness ribbon is still worn at schools, businesses, and community events.

For others, wearing red ribbon pins is a way to celebrate red ribbon week throughout the year.  Awareness pins have been a popular way to show support for different causes for many years.  Many people enjoy wearing a pin because it is a very simple way to show support for an important cause.  On the other hand, some organizations choose to sell pins as a way to raise money for their campaigns, and some schools distribute red ribbon pins to faculty and students as a lasting way to show their commitment to a drug free world.  Awareness ribbon pins are instantly recognizable as standing for something important, and there are few things more important than protecting the future of our children by eliminating substance abuse.

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Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Awareness Ribbon Pins To Bring Attention To Your Cause

Wearing awareness ribbon pins to draw attention to a specific cause has become increasingly popular among people of all ages.  Traditionally, yellow ribbons denoting a family member’s service in the military were the first examples of bringing attention to a cause by wearing an awareness ribbon.  However, as more people look for an elegant way to draw attention to the issues that concern them most, a growing number of awareness ribbon pins are available. Awareness ribbon pins are a great choice for people who want to distribute or sell the pins as a way to raise money for a specific cause.  Choosing a pin that is brightly colored will help you bring attention to your cause, and can be purchased from distributors who can create almost any color or pattern you can imagine.  If the cause you want to support doesn’t already have a color of ribbon associated with it, you can create one that represents your group.  The following is a list of some of the traditional awareness ribbon pin colors and the causes they are associated with:

  • Pink Ribbon- Most often used as cancer awareness pins, specifically breast cancer awareness, pink is also associated with other causes related to women’s health.  Pink ribbons are sometimes worn by mothers who have given a child up for adoption to demonstrate their support of the adoption process.  Pink awareness ribbon pins are also associated with childhood cancer awareness.
  • Yellow Ribbon- As the first color to be associated with awareness ribbon pins, the yellow ribbon remains an important way for families and others to show their support for soldiers.  Other causes represented by the yellow ribbon include suicide prevention, adoptive parents, bladder cancer, the “Amber alert” program, and endometriosis.  A pale yellow ribbon is used to represent spine bifida, and a yellow ribbon with a heart denotes a person who has been left behind after a family member commits suicide.
  • Red Ribbon- The red awareness ribbon pin is used to show support for the fight against HIV and AIDS, but can also denote support for heart disease and stroke and several other diseases.  The red ribbon is also used by the organizations MADD and DARE and in the fight against substance abuse.
  • Blue Ribbon- The blue ribbon is used to show support for numerous causes, including the elimination of drunk driving, child abuse prevention, victims of hurricane Katrina, and several types of cancer.  Different shades of blue are also used, such as dark blue to represent victim’s rights and water-related causes.

Other ribbon colors and their meanings can be found by searching online.  Creating custom lapel pins that you can use as giveaways or sell as fundraising efforts is a great way to raise awareness of your cause.  These pins are popular among people of all ages, and both men and women wear them to show support for their causes.

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Tuesday, April 12th, 2011