SUCCESS!!! As you know yesterday was World Autism Awareness Day, the most important day to Light It Up Blue, and didn’t this town LIGHT IT UP BLUE!!!!!!!!! I can’t tell you how stunned I am by the show of support that our little communities have shown for this spectacular event. Way back in February I ordered 75 light bulbs hoping to be able to sell at least 50 of them. Those first 75 bulbs were gone inside of 4 days! The people I have seen wearing our bracelets, pins or t-shirts is nothing short of amazing to me. It sends me right over the moon every time I think about all the love and enthusiasm that people have shown for our autistic community! I am so proud to call Houlton, Maine my hometown. I can’t thank our local radio station, WHOU-FM, enough for their hard work and dedication in helping spread the word. They rustled up radio sponsors to help get the word out, sold merchandise for me and mentioned how awesome Lighting It Up Blue is at every chance they got. Without our local media, especially WHOU, this event would not have been as popular as it was, no doubt about it. My goals for this year was 15 businesses and 25 homes. Goal accomplished!!!!!
Ready for some of our stats?
(Registered) Individuals with ASD in Aroostook County: 111
Number of Bulbs sold: 250 (sold out!)
Radio sponsors: 20
Participating Businesses: 23
T-Shirts sold: 85
Countries that viewed this blog during the month of March: 12
Amount of money that was raised: $903.50
Next year will be bigger and better! I had a LOT of people asking about t-shirts. I only focused on Dominic’s school for this first year but next year it will be town wide, I promise! My biggest mistake was taking this task on all by myself but I honestly didn’t think LIUB would catch on as fast as it did! Next year there will be teams, sponsors, plenty of bulbs and merchandise galore! More businesses will be selling the merchandise as well. These are my goals for 2014! If you are interested in being on a team please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org. I am hoping to have 3 people in each of our smaller communities: Island Falls, Patten, Oakfield, Smyrna, Littleton, Monticello, etc. and I think we’ll need at least 20 people for Houlton. We have a lot to cover: the hospital, banks, Main Street, each school, etc. I am also going to be looking for sponsors to help with the cost of merchandise/t-shirts. This year t-shirts were pre-order/pre-paid only – next year I would like shirts to be on hand and sold on a as needed basis.
Businesses that participated in Light It Up Blue
Lisa’s Hair Design
Main Street Fitness
Bells Chiropractic Office
Houlton Post Office
North Country Gifts
Aroostook County District Court
Don’t forget that Austim Awareness month is ALL month long (April)! We are continuing to sell our light up pins ($3) and silicone wrist bands ($2). I am more than happy to do mail orders but I must RECEIVE payment first! I am researching online stores and will hopefully have one up in the very near future so you can just order online.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!!!
You just don’t realize how very much this means to me. To have my goals not only met but blown to smithereens….that is a powerful feeling