Kindness Like Confetti

The Giving Grinch

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 The Giving Grinch provides Christmas to families in need, families that have fallen upon hard times, families with illness, families who have lost a parent, sibling or even a single parent household that might not be able to provide Christmas to their children.The first year The Giving Grinch was able to provide Christmas to over 66 families thanks to the help and sponsorship of South Jordan Middle School and Smiths. The Giving Grinch has been able to send a family of 5 who’s mom had terminal cancer to Disneyland, and over the years has been able to bring Christmas to over 1,000 children. KLC wants to help as much as possible with this cause! You can donate directly to them through thegivinggrinch.org under donation. Tis the season to give and come together to help those in need!

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Hurricane Harvey

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Hurricane Harvey, category 4, has tremendously impacted people all over Houston. This terror is one of the wettest tropical storms Texas has ever had with over 50 inches of precipitation. Flooding has caused the need for over 17,000 rescues, and has destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes. Over 300,000 people have no access to electricity. Billions of dollars in property damage have been estimated, with many homeowners uninsured. 66 lives have been lost, 65 of them Texan-Americans. The intense flooding has resulted in an unmeasurable amount of losses and damage that will take years for victims to recover from both emotionally and financially. Kindness Like Confetti wants to help any way possible. We are donating a portion of every purchase to the The Greater Houston Community Foundation. They work with non-profit organizations to deliver many needed supplies, medical attention, food,and water to those affected by this awful disaster. 

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Raising A Fighter - Guest post by Amee Jackson (KLC co-founder)

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My name is Amee Jackson, and I am the mother of a beautiful little boy living with Cystic Fibrosis. Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disease that creates thick, sticky mucus in the lungs. This mucus has so much bacteria in it that it's vital for my little fighter, Roman, to do his daily therapy and more to keep it clear. Even after all of the medicine he takes, all of the germs I try so hard to keep away from him, and even the hours and hours of therapy- sometimes it's just not good enough. Roman is almost three years old and has already been admitted to Primary Children's Hospital twice so far. Unfortunately, we know that there are more visits to come. Each time we are admitted, Roman has to stay for about 1-2 weeks. Not only is being confined to a hospital bed hard for a baby, but it's also extremely draining for the parents. No sleep with a very sick child who only wants to be held. It's not my idea of a "getaway". 

Our first visit was when Roman was about 9 months old. He was hospitalized simply because he just could not get rid of a cough. Let that sink in... BECAUSE HE COULD NOT GET RID OF A COUGH. People don't understand how serious Cystic Fibrosis is. Just a simple cough or cold can send them to the hospital. This visit was hard, but the team of doctors and the staff we had were amazing to us. They were always checking in with me to see if I needed anything and were so sweet to Roman, bringing him toys and little treats.

I am so thankful for the respiratory team and the nurses at Primary Children's Hospital because they deal with so much from us parents. It is very hard being stuck in a room 24/7 because your poor, sick baby has to be in quarantine. I could never leave his side. The nurses dealt with my frustration so well, though. I have so much respect for them. They did an amazing job taking care of my son. I also appreciate my amazing husband for coming up to the hospital as much as he could, given his busy work schedule (these hospital bills have to be paid somehow).
 

Our second stay up at Primary children's hospital was so much harder than the first. Roman was about two and a half when we where hospitalized this time. He had caught RSV and we didn't even have a chance to fight it. We went in for a check-up and his pediatrician was so worried about his breathing stats that she immediately sent us to Primary Children's. Another CF 'clean out' with a minimum of a 10 day stay. As much as we didn't want to be there, everyone was so kind and welcoming when we arrived that it helped a little, even while knowing we were going back into quarantine. Roman got very sick this time and had to be put on oxygen. They started an IV right away to get antibiotics started. When CFers are hospitalized they usually have to get a PICC line, this supplies 24 hour antibiotics into them. While they are hospitalized, they do four chest treatments a day. That's TWO HOURS a day doing chest therapy while being sick. So as a mother, seeing how much pain and how uncomfortable my baby was and not being able to do anything about it killed me. I was completely heartbroken. The only thing I could do was cry and hold my baby. 

A couple days later, the skin around Roman's PICC line started to become discolored. So I called for my nurse and she could also see the difference. Eventually, they decided to do an ultra sound to see what was going on and they found a blood clot in Roman's PICC line. After meeting with the hematology team at Primary's to figure out how to deal with it, we decided it would be best to put Roman on a blood thinner so that his body could dissolve the clot. This meant he had to have IVs for the rest of his hospital stay. This made things even more hard because IVs can go bad fast, especially on a kid who wants to get up and move around. They where going bad constantly and Roman kept having to be poked over and over.

No two year old on the planet is going to willingly take a needle. This meant my husband and I had to help hold him down or distract him with every poke and prod. It killed me. It was so hard, but the staff was very patient with Roman and always tried their best to get it done as quickly as possible. On top of all the IVs, being on blood thinners meant even MORE needles. Twice a day. For six weeks. 

I know Roman has many more hospital stays to come, but I also know he will be in some of the best hands thanks to Primary Children's Hospital. The Cystic Fibrosis team at Primary's are amazing and do such a great job with Roman. I thank God everyday for the blessed life that I have, for the technology advances that we have today to help my son stay alive, and for one of the best children's hospitals in the United States. 

-Amee Jackson

Choose To Live - Guest post by Caitlin Thomas

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My name is Caitlin Elizabeth Thomas. I am a pretty average 24-year-old who has led a pretty average life. I grew up in an amazing family, with good parents and three great siblings. I have gone to college, worked different jobs, dated a few boys, all things that normal people do. But, there is one thing that I do think is abnormal about me: I have an absolute passion about spreading awareness in mental health education and suicide prevention. 

This passion came about when I was 22. At the time, I was serving a religious mission for my church in the Philippines. I had limited contact with my family, and could only email them once a week. I was about a year into my 18-month service when I began to detect something was wrong. My family's emails grew shorter, and my little sister quit writing me all together. I could feel in my heart that something was wrong. After a few months of asking, my parents decided to tell me what had been going on. I remember feeling utterly numb and helpless as I read the email where my mom explained that my little sister had attempted suicide, and had spent the last few weeks in a hospital. "She is doing better now," she said, "but we have a long road to recovery." Up until that point I hadn't felt the sting of suicide, but this moment was enough to light a fire within me and I knew what I needed to do. 

I came home in December of 2014 and saw the hardships my family had endured. My sister was stronger, but still recovering. I hugged her fiercely and told her I loved her. I had never been more grateful to see her in my entire life. A few days later, I told her I wanted to run for Miss Lehi and have a platform on suicide prevention. She told me she would help me. My family also got on board and the Choose To Live initiative began.

I won the pageant the following June and took on the role of Miss Lehi 2015. I dedicated the next year of my life working to educate myself and others on suicide prevention. I met with some amazing families who had lost loved ones to suicide. I learned from them, and cried with them. I attended training's that taught me about mental health and the signs to look for. I tried to take that training and educate others. I developed a great amount of empathy for others. I used social media to spread stories and messages of hope with others. I began to know and believe in the stigmas that surrounded mental health and worked to try and defeat them. I gained so much experience, and really worked to help others. I wanted to help people find reasons why they choose to live and share that with others. 

My year as Miss Lehi came to an end, but the Choose to Live initiative did not. I still try and help people find hope in a world that is increasingly telling all of us that we aren't enough. I have also become more self aware and more comfortable with my own challenges. I have struggled with an eating disorder and depression throughout my life, but have now gained the strength to get the help needed to cope. Everyday is an on going battle, and some days the demons are dark, but I try to hold onto the light as best as I can. I try to find ways to serve others so that I can forget about myself for awhile. I talk to people I can trust. I look for the clarity and hope that is surrounding me. It can be difficult, but it's possible. 

I am no longer Miss Lehi, but mental health awareness and suicide prevention is still my passion. Suicide is a tough issue to discuss, but it's so incredibly important. It is currently the second leading cause of death among teenagers and college aged adults in the United States. Four out of five people who die from suicide show clear warning signs. These deaths can be avoided if we all get involved, and there are things we can all do to help. 

There is so much we can do to get involved and help others, but the first step is education. Talk with someone who is struggling with a mental health diagnosis and learn what their life is like. Become educated on the signs of suicide and strive to help someone who may be struggling. But, most importantly, the best thing we can do is work to be kind to one another. There is so much power in simply smiling at someone, or asking them how their day was. We can all work to withhold judgement against someone and spreading gossip. We can strive to first gain understanding about someone without fighting back, and accepting people for who they are. We can all help in the fight against suicide by becoming more aware, and helping those around us when they struggle. But, most importantly, we can all be a little better at trying to be a little kinder. 


xoxoxo,
Caitlin Thomas
#choosetolive 

If you, or anyone you know may be struggling with suicidal thoughts or just need someone to talk to please call the anonymous hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text HOME to 741741. 

MARCH'S CAUSE: HUMAN TRAFFICKING

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This month at Kindness Like Confetti, we are shining a light on the dark world of human trafficking.
Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where people are trapped and manipulated for profit, most commonly for sex or physical labor. This horrific, illegal industry generates a disturbing $150 billion a year, approximately. Millions are trapped, and only 1% of victims are ever rescued... this information is haunting and unacceptable. It is our duty to change these numbers and make a difference.

{The following information is directly from www.polarisproject.org and www.humantraffickingsearch.net}

LABOR TRAFFICKING:

Labor trafficking is a form of modern slavery that exists throughout the United States and globally.

Labor traffickers – including recruiters, contractors, employers, and others – use violence, threats, lies, debt bondage, or other forms of coercion to force people to work against their will in many different industries.

Labor traffickers often make false promises of a high-paying job or exciting education or travel opportunities to lure people into horrendous working conditions. Yet, victims find that the reality of their jobs proves to be far different than promised and must frequently work long hours for little to no pay. Their employers exert such physical or psychological control – including physical abuse, debt bondage, confiscation of passports or money – that the victim believes they have no other choice but to continue working for that employer.

U.S. citizens, foreign nationals, women, men, children, and LGBTQ individuals can be victims of labor trafficking. Vulnerable populations are frequently targeted by traffickers. Immigration status, recruitment debt, isolation, poverty, and a lack of strong labor protections are just some of the vulnerabilities that can lead to labor trafficking.

Labor trafficking occurs in numerous industries in the U.S. and globally. In the United States, common types of labor trafficking include people forced to work in homes as domestic servants, farmworkers coerced through violence as they harvest crops, or factory workers held in inhumane conditions. Labor trafficking has also been reported in door-to-door sales crews, restaurants, construction work, carnivals, and even health and beauty services.

SEX TRAFFICKING:

Sex trafficking is a form of modern slavery that exists throughout the United States and globally.

Sex traffickers use violence, threats, lies, debt bondage, and other forms of coercion to compel adults and children to engage in commercial sex acts against their will. Under U.S. federal law, any minor under the age of 18 years induced into commercial sex is a victim of sex trafficking—regardless of whether or not the trafficker used force, fraud, or coercion.

The situations that sex trafficking victims face vary dramatically. Many victims become romantically involved with someone who then forces or manipulates them into prostitution. Others are lured in with false promises of a job, such as modeling or dancing. Some are forced to sell sex by their parents or other family members. They may be involved in a trafficking situation for a few days or weeks, or may remain in the same trafficking situation for years.

Victims of sex trafficking can be U.S. citizens, foreign nationals, women, men, children, and LGBTQ individuals. Vulnerable populations are frequently targeted by traffickers, including runaway and homeless youth, as well as victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, war, or social discrimination.

Sex trafficking occurs in a range of venues including fake massage businesses, via online ads or escort services, in residential brothels, on the street or at truck stops, or at hotels and motels.

WHO ARE THE VICTIMS:

Anyone can be a victim of human trafficking, though some populations of individuals, given their positions in society, are more vulnerable to trafficking. These populations include:

  • Women and children
  • Marginalized communities (such as Roma, Minority and Indigenous populations)
  • Immigrants, especially undocumented immigrants, and refugees
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals
  • Individuals with a history of rape, sexual assault, and domestic violence
  • Individuals from low socio-economic backgrounds
  • Individuals in foster care
  • Homeless and Run-away individuals
  • Environmental refugees and individuals subject to natural disasters
  • Individuals living in unstable political climates

Ultimately, trafficked persons span all demographic markers. However, the populations listed above are particularly vulnerable to exploitation.     

KNOW THE SIGNS:

To request help or report suspected human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888. Or text HELP to: BeFree (233733). 

Common Work and Living Conditions: The individual(s) in question

  • Is not free to leave or come and go as he/she wishes
  • Is under 18 and is providing commercial sex acts
  • Is in the commercial sex industry and has a pimp / manager
  • Is unpaid, paid very little, or paid only through tips
  • Works excessively long and/or unusual hours
  • Is not allowed breaks or suffers under unusual restrictions at work
  • Owes a large debt and is unable to pay it off
  • Was recruited through false promises concerning the nature and conditions of his/her work
  • High security measures exist in the work and/or living locations (e.g. opaque windows, boarded up windows, bars on windows, barbed wire, security cameras, etc.)

Poor Mental Health or Abnormal Behavior

  • Is fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, or nervous/paranoid
  • Exhibits unusually fearful or anxious behavior after bringing up law enforcement
  • Avoids eye contact

Poor Physical Health

  • Lacks health care
  • Appears malnourished
  • Shows signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement, or torture

Lack of Control

  • Has few or no personal possessions
  • Is not in control of his/her own money, no financial records, or bank account
  • Is not in control of his/her own identification documents (ID or passport)
  • Is not allowed or able to speak for themselves (a third party may insist on being present and/or translating)

Other

  • Claims of just visiting and inability to clarify where he/she is staying/address
  • Lack of knowledge of whereabouts and/or do not know what city he/she is in
  • Loss of sense of time
  • Has numerous inconsistencies in his/her story

This list is not exhaustive and represents only a selection of possible indicators. Also, the red flags in this list may not be present in all trafficking cases and are not cumulative. Learn more at www.humantraffickinghotline.org.

HOW TO HELP:

Check out our CHARITY OF THE MONTH page to learn how you can help
make a difference when it comes to human trafficking.

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Love To Breathe - Guest post by Somer Love

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Sometimes we often hear "But you don't look sick"... If only people had X-ray vision.... What is CF?! Well, CF is a genetic disease that primarily affects the lungs and the digestive system. It causes our bodies to produce a thick sticky mucus. The mucus builds up in the lungs and can lead to life threatening lung infections.

This is my actual lung X-ray, I call these my pearly whites. The white is irreversible scarring from the thick sticky mucus and the many lung infections I have had. Both the mucus and the lung infections have resulted in loss of lung function over time, my lung function currently hovers around 26%. I literally think about every breath I take.

A CFers day consists of hours of breathing treatments, airway clearance, exercise, and handful of pills, and that is just the regular maintenance for when we are healthy. We work so hard day in and day out.

CF is inconvenient, CF is exhausting, and CF will never be easy. However, I believe CF has made me stronger, it makes me fight harder, love more, and truly appreciate life one breath at a time... CF is a blessing in an ugly disguise, it's my reality and its made me who I am today, and for that I am grateful.

Being involved in the CF community is very important to me. It gives me the chance to help raise awareness, educate, and give hope to the families with newly diagnosed children. The most important way for me that I give back is through Love To Breathe®. I created Love To Breathe® in 2001. Love To Breathe is my passion it means the world to me... The goal isn't to live forever but to create something that will and that is my hope and dream for Love To Breathe®. I hope to spread love and CF awareness and give hope to everyone I encounter. I basically want to change the world....

We are not obligated to do anything we don't want to do, but why would we not try to better ourselves or others around us simply because we can? I'm grateful for my struggles and without them I wouldn't have found my strengths... We all have struggles,  no ones struggle is less important or more important than anyone else's. We are dealt what we can handle, so remember to always trust your story and be kinder than necessary and love ALL those that you encounter.

So why not start today?! Get out there and spread love, be kind, if someone is in need help them out, give without any expectations of something in return. I guarantee you, your love and kindness will always come back ten fold. Make today count, and then tomorrow do it all over again!

Breathe out Love!! Xo❤

Welcome!

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Hello!
Team KLC here, we just wanted to extend a BIG virtual hug to
you and say 'thank you' for checking us out!

What is Kindness Like Confetti?

Our mission with KLC isn't to sell a product.
Our mission is to create a community.
A community of people all shapes, sizes, races, religions, orientations and what have you.
Our goal is to encourage and inspire people to come together, put our differences aside, and
just. share. kindness.
Whether that's something as simple as sharing a smile or donating your money/time to a charity. We don't have to live the same way, believe the same things or even agree on anything. But we can ALWAYS show kindness to each other.

At Kindness Like Confetti we always recommend donating directly to a charity/cause first and foremost. The intention of our apparel is to make a public statement, to start conversation and to help bring awareness. By doing so, 15% of every KLC purchase will be donated to charity and each month we will highlight a new charity/cause. Click the "Charity Of The Month" tab at the top of our website to see which cause your purchase will benefit!

Our photo shoot:
Last month we had the honor of working together with Taylor Elaine Photography for our first-ever Kindness Like Confetti photo shoot. She was an absolute joy to work with and our models were equally sweet as they are pretty. We jammed out to our favorite tunes, threw POUNDS of confetti, snacked on some delicious donuts from Provo Bakery and just had some good ol' fun. The photos came out exactly how we envisioned and we could not be more excited to finally launch KLC!

We had originally planned to launch a couple weeks ago. Unfortunately, one of our co-owners (Amee) was in the hospital with her son Roman, who has Cystic Fibrosis. This means a common cold could keep him in the hospital for 1-2 weeks. Sadly, this is exactly what happened.
Thank goodness that Roman is a total champ and is doing SO much better. Because of how close this disorder hits to home for KLC, we have chosen the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
for our first charity of the month!

Thanks for stopping by! Stick around, subscribe and make sure to keep an eye out for new products, coming soon!
xo, Team KLC