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Memories That Last A Lifetime

20 Jan

The holidays are over, friends and family from miles away have all returned home, and we have a little time to rest. What better time, then, to reflect on all the things that make those people as special as they are to us? This season was among the most meaningful for us at Be a Number. After all the holiday parties, after the friends and the family were gone, and even before they arrived, we had a chance to share the joy of the Season of Giving with children in downtown Detroit, Michigan.

On December 24, 2010, we handed out 100 shirts to children at I Am My Brother’s Keeper Ministries, a ministry that had just suffered the sudden death of its leader, Pastor Henry Convington. His inspirational story is beautifully depicted in the book Have A Little Faith by Mitch Albom, and it is a story which absolutely inspired us to visit the ministry. This year, we learned the true meaning of the holiday season: to love, to give, and to cherish.

We saw the love the Pastor Covington had for those who only passed through the ministry, and also for more permanent members. We saw the love he had for the building itself, which has suffered many expensive damages over the years. Most of all, however, we saw the love he had for the children in the area. He set up family nights for children and their families to play games, enjoy a meal, and congregate. He made many sacrifices to help them, and took many under his wing.

We gave one hundred children a Be A Number t-shirt through the organization, but more importantly, we gave them our constant support and our hope for them to succeed in whatever vocation or goals they set for themselves. We gave them a few words that they can carry with them through good times and bad: keep working, never give up, and dreams really can (and do!) come true.

Finally, we learned to cherish. While each child we have seen over the course of the shirt drops has left an impression on us, with this particular one, we saw what it is like for us to make an impression on the children. We conducted the shirt drop within about two weeks of spending the night there, but only some of us were able to return. The kids, without missing a beat, immediately asked where the others were. Without hesitation, we called Matt, and put the kids on the phone with him so they could hear his voice and tell them what they had been up to since they saw him.

The smiles on their faces were some of the biggest we’ve seen. This was proof for them that we cherish the memories we have of them and we will always care for them. Matt instantly recognized their names and asked enthusiastic questions and was excited to hear from them. Just this simple phone call gave them the sound knowledge that they would never be forgotten. Not only do we cherish and truly care about the kids, they can cherish the message we shared because they had real, powerful proof that we would always remember them.

Below is the video of the shirt drop, we know you’ll enjoy watching it :)

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Breaking Borders

9 Jul

Today is a big day for us here at Be A Numberour founder, his mom, and 400 shirts are headed to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic this morning. They’ll be working alongside members of Willow Creek church to build houses in the Santo Domingo area, and will be passing out shirts in their “down time.”

Kevin's mom is ready for the Dominican! Here she is on the plane just before take-off!

Our shirt drops began in March 2010, and since then, we have had the opportunity to hand-deliver shirts to elementary students in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, children disabled from Pallister-Killian Syndrome, and now we’re crossing international borders to help children in the Dominican.

It’s incredible what an idea in the middle of the night not quite a year ago has led to. The friendships forged and the connections made have been humbling to all of us, but nothing compares to the children we’re lucky enough to meet and spend time with. They have been a constant source of motivation, inspiration, and most importantly, dreams. They constantly show us what it truly means to dream. As they explore the world around them and encounter all new experiences each day, the children we work for have shared their ideas and goals with us, and we couldn’t be more proud of each of them.

So, as we wait anxiously for updates and photos from the Dominican, those of us back here in the States will be working hard to keep spreading the word about our worldwide (!!) movement to give children hope and help them keep dreaming while they teach us to do the same.

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Blissful Innocence

22 Jun

After spending a few moments taking a mental break from editing, designing, and coordinating various new aspects of Be A Number, being a kid again was the greatest luxury imaginable. Through the window, it was easy to see a group of young children playing tag or holding lap races in the pool. Ah, to be able to run and squeal with excitement.

Kevin joined in on the fun the kids had at our latest photo shoot.


Recently, we had the chance to explain the Be A Number movement to a group of children in elementary school. It was amazing how quickly they picked up the important business model we’re spreading, but also how quickly they jumped on board with the idea.  Not only did they immediately understand our goal, to give a shirt and a dash of hope to as many children as we can, but they understood that the shirt the child receives is not just a shirt, it’s a promise. By giving these shirts to children around the world, we promise them that they will never be forgotten and they will always have a special place in our hearts just for them.

All too often, those of us in the “adult world” seem to forget just how easily children can pick up on new ideas and grasp the importance of them–sometimes even better than adults. Rather than looking at the world as a place that isn’t fair, a fact that most adults seem to believe just can’t be changed, children still enjoy the exhilaration of dreaming.

Perhaps we have a lesson to learn from them, then. The world can be a better place, if we allow ourselves to dream, to reach the limits of our potential, and constantly push the line between possible and impossible just a little farther back. Maybe we should take a moment to sit in the old refrigerator box and pretend it’s a rocket ship, or run through the grass with our arms outstretched, or even allow ourselves to be splashed by the side of the pool, even if we’re clad in clothes rather than swimming gear. Maybe then, we will be able to make this world a place where the phrase “life isn’t fair” will begin to be a thing of the past.

So start dreaming, keep believing in a better world, and keep helping out in your communities. While you’re at it, we’ll be doing the same. The world will be better for it, and as our founder, Kevin, likes to say, “let’s accomplish this together.”