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November 14, 2012

Give the gift of giving: ONEXONE Launches Band of Hope Bracelets just in time for the holidays

ONEXONE’s Band of Hope Bracelets prove that giving is always in style and one simple act can make a world of difference

Toronto, ON 11.14.12 - ONEXONE is getting into the holiday spirit by announcing the availability of this season’s must-have accessory, the Band of Hope Bracelet, online and at select The Bay locations across Canada. Available now, the simple and stylish ONEXONE Band of Hope Bracelet is the perfect way to give the gift of hope this holiday season.

Each bracelet is handmade in Haiti and retails for only $10, with the proceeds raised going towards supporting ONEXONE initiatives – 50% towards nutritious breakfasts for food insecure children in North America, 20% to artisans in Haiti assembling the bands and 30% to a new hospital in Haiti providing relief and critical medical care.

The ONEXONE Band of Hope Bracelet symbolizes the spirit, generosity and cheer of the holiday season,” said Joey Adler, Founder and Chair of ONEXONE. “Our goal is to help those in need at home and abroad so we’re extremely proud to partner with The Bay to offer the Band of Hope and the gift of giving to shoppers across Canada.”

onexone_haiti_bracelets_product_reblkThe ONEXONE Band of Hope Bracelet truly embodies good will from production to purchase. The bracelets are handmade by a group of young adults and staff from Zanmi Beni (a home just outside of Port-au-Prince for abandoned and physically and developmentally disabled children) as a creative way to help the women and children support themselves. Some of these women have used the stipend that they have earned to send their own children to school this year and Zanmi Beni uses the funds to buy supplies for its library. The bracelets are then sent to Canada and packaged for retail sale by Atelier Jem Workshop Inc. a company in Montreal that employs people with disabilities, giving them a place to contribute, feel productive and function to their highest potential.

In Haiti (in addition to the efforts in Zanmi Beni), ONEXONE is committed to helping rebuild the country, following the devastating earthquake. The ONEXONE Pediatric Wing at the Mirebalais National Teaching Hospital in Haiti is a joint effort between ONEXONE and the internationally recognized organization Partners In Health.

In Canada, the ONEXONE First Nations School Breakfast Program provides a nutritious breakfast for children each and every school day. ONEXONE, with generous support from its partners in the Assembly of First Nations and PepsiCo Canada, is currently serving over 3,000 breakfasts every school day. The healthy breakfasts have a measurable positive impact on learning, creativity, improved test grades, and even attendance.

The ONEXONE Band of Hope Bracelet is available at these locations:
The Bay Vancouver – 674 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC
The Bay Bloor – St. 44 Bloor Street East, Toronto, ON
The Bay Sherway – 25 The West Mall, Etobicoke, ON
The Bay Yorkdale – 3401 Dufferin Street, Toronto, ON
The Bay Queen Street – 176 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON
La Baie Montreal – 585 rue Ste-Catherine O, Montreal, PQ
The Bay Pointe Claire – 6790 route TransCanada, Pointe-Claire, PQ
La Baie Anjou – 7895, boul. Les Galeries-d’Anjou, Ville d’Anjou, PQ
La Baie Carrefour Laval – 3045 boul. Le Carrefour, Leval, PQ
thebay.com – Online
www.ONEXONE.org – Online

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About ONEXONE
ONEXONE was founded with the philosophy that every single life is precious and that as individuals we can make profound difference in the life of another human being, one by one. ONEXONE’s mission is to improve the lives of children in North America, Haiti and around the world with programs dedicated to five fundamental pillars: water, health, education, play and food.

ONEXONE is generously supported by partners including Rogers Communications, Diesel Canada, PepsiCo Canada (Quaker & Dole), Tribal Councils Investment Group, TD Bank Group, Salida Capital Foundation, Mantella Corporation, Sunwing Travel Group, Arctic Beverages, Claudia Alan, The Bay, REDKEN and Canadian Tire.

Please visit www.onexone.org, or follow ONEXONE on Facebook and Twitter (@ONEXONE) for updates and information.

For donations and information on ONEXONE, please contact:
Justyna Jonca
Director of Development ONEXONE
T: 416-901-1291
E: justyna@onexone.org

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