News: Superheroes Unite November 27, 2018
The Mission: To give back and give a hand up to the superheroes of the brain injury community.
It’s never too early to get superhero-ready for giving back.
The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) is pleased to announce our participation in Giving Tuesday 2018.
What is Giving Tuesday? Giving Tuesday is held on the last Tuesday of November and is an international day of giving back. This year, Giving Tuesday will be held on November 27, 2018.
In 2017, BEST was honored to be a chosen as a feature story on the Giving Tuesday website. We had the unique opportunity to share our superhero mission and vision of empowerment for the brain injury community with the entire world!
This year, we are eager and absolutely thrilled to share the powerful and energizing stories of BEST superheroes, their caregivers and their families.
It is those superheroes who have taken control of their recoveries, their treatments and their lives. Not only do these empowered superheroes strive to live their best lives possible, they are also at the ready to support and give a hand up to fellow superheroes on their journey forward, too.
Stay tuned to this space for more special announcements to come.
What a great day of engagement, energy and empowerment! Thank you for supporting our celebration of superheroes yesterday on Giving Tuesday 2017, the international day of giving back.
However, this is just the beginning of the celebration! The Brain Energy Support Team is planning to close out 2017 in the BEST way possible–superhero-style!
We plan on celebrating our BEST superhero mission along with sharing our BEST stories of real-life superheroes who have done more than survive brain injury–they have learned to thrive through empowerment and peer support from fellow superheroes just like them! Join us with your membership and/or contribution and help support our journey forward in providing superheroes the superpowers they need to live the BEST lives possible.
During this holiday season of sharing and caring, we encourage you to share the stories and information that you see on these very blog pages with others. Together, we can take inspiration, empowerment, support and conversation to a superhero level!
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So, onward and upward, superheroes! It’s time to soar!
Who: Diane Rasch, real-life superhero.
What: Discovering empowerment, new dreams and hope after brain injury.
When: Since 2013.
Where: The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST).
How: Diane began her superhero journey of empowerment in 2013 through BEST peer support groups and educational and social programs. Along the way, Diane discovered new passions, dreams and goals after her brain injury. With the support of her family and BEST friends, she pursued her new life with energy and determination.
Today, Diane is a thriving working artist and the owner of Heartfelt Tidbits of Creativity, a handcrafted-cards and paper crafts company. Her work has been featured throughout the Pacific Northwest and parts of the Midwest. It’s through her small business that she shares her mission to touch the lives of others and make each customer feel special.
Not only does Diane make people feel special through her art and her business, she gives back in other ways, too. Diane serves as BEST’s Gratitude Specialist, sharing her time, talents, love and art with other survivors and their families. Diane and her husband, John, are also proud BEST Superhero Society members, a special superhero team of monthly givers who help support BEST’s empowerment programs and services.
And speaking of empowerment, what does empowerment mean to this superhero?
Diane credits BEST’s Identity and Moving On program for helping to shape that answer.
“I really believe that Moving On gave me empowerment,” she says. “I was able to figure out my dreams, which was doing more with art and honoring people. I learned that yes, I can do this, and the program gave me the confidence to get started.”
Diane continues, “I have a saying: I like to give honor where honor is due. Here at BEST, people are always encouraged, honored and supported. They’ve been there for me for all these years.
I’m always blown away with how respectful, caring and special BEST is. Sometimes I just sit back and hear how BESTies encourage each other. It’s so neat to hear. We laugh. We cry. We have fun. We face challenges. Yet, BEST brings hope. BEST is a family.”
As for Heartfelt Tidbits of Creativity, to Diane, it’s more than a business, it’s a ministry.
“I love to encourage others and let them know how special they are. For me, it’s more than just making things. I get to connect with people, hear their stories and bring some encouragement and joy to their lives. That really means something to me.”
Why: Giving Tuesday, the international day of giving back to causes that make a difference, is on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, and we invite you to become a BEST member to support people like Diane. Membership is the BEST, easiest and fastest way to support and empower the brain injury community and their families.
Did you know that 25 BEST members can help provide the following?
- Mentors for individuals with brain injury.
- Course materials for our Empowered Self futures planning classes and other PEER support programs.
- Educational, enrichment and socialization opportunities for individuals with brain injuries and their families.
- Scholarships for survivors for the annual Washington State TBI conference.
- Transportation costs for survivors to attend support group meetings.
- Online training and networking opportunities for support group facilitators.
BEST memberships are safe, secure, tax-deductible and have some terrific benefits! Plus,memberships are tailored to fit what’s BEST for you.
Prefer to donate? That’s SUPER! You can do that right here, right now, by clicking here. Thank you!
As an organization built by and for people with brain injury and their families, our empowerment is our most important superpower that we can use to change the world.
Join us today by clicking here and help us reach our membership goal of 25 new members to help us empower other superheroes like Diane to soar to new heights.
Ready. Set. Energize!
Many thanks for your support today and every day.
It’s almost time to celebrate! Tomorrow, November 28, 2017, superheroes from all over the world will team up on Giving Tuesday (#GivingTuesday), the international day of giving, to help support and empower superheroes of the brain injury community to soar to new heights!
Never fear, the superheroes are near!
Did you know that $80 Billion dollars was spent online for holiday gifts in 2016? Most of those gifts went unused, donated to charity, or re-gifted.
If for every dollar that was spent on gifts in 2016 one penny was donated to help superheroes and their families in the U.S. a total of $800 million would have been received by nonprofits agencies like BEST.
Consider giving just a little of your holiday budget to help BEST support superheroes and their families all year. A one-time gift as part of #GivingTuesday would help BEST continue to offer free programs such as our Identity & Moving On After TBI class, crafting, nutrition classes and Soup Group, and so much more.
Not familiar with Giving Tuesday? #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving. Read about us on the GivingTuesday.org website.
Remember, your donation helps BEST continue providing education and peer support to thousands of individuals with brain injury and their families.
On this special day of giving thanks, here at BEST we give thanks for all of our BEST superheroes and their families, our super volunteers, our amazing community partners and our generous donors. Thank you for all you do to support and empower the brain injury community. Here’a a bounty of our BEST wishes, love and gratitude today (and every day) to all of you and your families.
Giving Tuesday (#GivingTuesday) is just around the corner! Join BEST for this special Superhero Giving Day and be a part of our membership drive. Your one-time membership fee supports and empowers the superheroes of the brain injury community and their families. Rather donate? That’s SUPER! The choice is all yours, superhero supporters. However you wish to participate, your contribution will be fast, safe and secure.
Thank you for joining the BEST Superhero Team! Together, we will save the world!
We are kicking off the countdown to Giving Tuesday (#GivingTuesday), the international day of giving back to causes that make a difference in the lives of others, with a little giving back of our own, superhero-style!
Beginning November 20, 2017 at 10 a.m. PST, BEST will be giving away a superhero bounty of gifts to celebrate empowerment soaring sky-high for our community.
There will be SIX gifts up for grabs! Here they are:
Here are more bracelet details :
- 316L stainless steel.
- Hand painted enamel.
- One size to fit wrists 5.5 to 7.5 inches.
- BEST signature green accents.
- Be brave is engraved on the bar of the bracelet.
Batman Mini-Pop Figure key chain and Batman rubber bracelet set
Wonder Woman journal
Flash sunglasses and case
Original framed and matted superhero art by teen artist, Erin Thompson!
Entering to win these gifts is easy.
When you see our special Facebook post about the giveaway on the BEST Facebook page on Monday, November 20, 2017, beginning at 10 a.m. PST, simply like that post and you are entered into the drawing for the bracelet shown above. The winner will be selected by random drawing on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 3:55 p.m. PST and the announcement will be posted shortly thereafter (4:05 p.m. PST) on the BEST Facebook page. Good luck!
Added bonus: Want to like our Facebook page while you are stopping by to enter? We’d love it! By liking our Facebook page, you’ll be joining other BEST superheroes and their families in conversation, sharing news and links you can use and much more all year round.
Please read: following are some important giveaway terms, conditions and eligibility requirements.
- The BEST Giving Tuesday BEST November 2017 Giveaway will be found exclusively on the BEST Facebook page.
- These giveaways are in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
- Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the promotion will be directed to Sponsor (Brain Energy Support Team), not Facebook.
- The giveaway is open to all adults over the age of 18 and who reside in the continental United States.
- Those who wish to participate will be asked to LIKE the post to be entered during the entry period of November 20, 2017, 10 a.m. PST to November 21, 2017 3:55 p.m. PST. Winner will be selected by random drawing and will be announced on the BEST Facebook page on November 21, 2017 by 4:05 p.m. PST.
- Winner will be asked to supply mailing address to the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) via private message (contact instructions will be noted on the winner’s announcement post). Winner’s contact information will remain private and will not be shared or used for any other purpose than to arrange for the shipping of the gift package.
- Gift package will be mailed within three business days upon receipt of the winner’s mailing address. Gift package will be shipped by standard mail through the United States Postal Service.