Are some charity bracelets bogus? - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Are some charity bracelets bogus?

July 22, 2005
By: Liz Crenshaw

Undated-- It started with a thin, yellow band of rubber sold for one dollar. Now, 50 million dollars later, the livestrong bracelet from the Lance Armstrong Foundation lives strong on wrists around the world.

However, the yellow bracelet has created a rainbow of imitators. You can give your arm to Puerto Rico, or Jamaica. You can support the class of 2005, or live for him. You can also buy bracelets to show your concern about Autism, Aids, Leukemia, poverty, even musicians for mental health. But where's does the money go?

We also found them all over the Internet. We got hundreds of yellow bracelet hits on ebay, and found hundreds more for sale on Google. But experts say, if you buy your bracelet this way, people with cancer are almost certainly not benefiting, no matter what the seller promises.

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, which sells pink bracelets, says consumers should ask five questions if they want their bracelet money to actually benefit charity. Is the cause meaningful to you? Is the seller committed to the cause? Who does the bracelet sale benefit? How much of the proceeds actually goes to charity? How does the charity spend the money? It says you should do a little research to find out. Otherwise, your armful of support may actually be supporting a bogus bracelet scam.

The colored bracelet craze is also taking over the sports world with some professional baseball teams now selling them. Teams like the Chicago Cubs and the White Socks do donate the money to charity.

For more information on the livestrong bracelets by the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

Feedback: news@walb.com

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • PetSmart holds national adoption weekend for pets

    PetSmart holds national adoption weekend for pets

    Monday, February 19 2018 12:33 AM EST2018-02-19 05:33:47 GMT
    Nearly 40 animals were adopted out over the weekend at Petsmart. (Source: WALB)Nearly 40 animals were adopted out over the weekend at Petsmart. (Source: WALB)

    Dozens of animals in Southwest Georgia are curled up in new homes tonight.  That's thanks to PetSmart's National Adoption Weekend. Saturday three different Humane Societies from South Georgia brought pets looking for new homes to the Albany PetSmart. 

    More >>

    Dozens of animals in Southwest Georgia are curled up in new homes tonight.  That's thanks to PetSmart's National Adoption Weekend. Saturday three different Humane Societies from South Georgia brought pets looking for new homes to the Albany PetSmart. 

    More >>
  • Black history program honors history maker

    Black history program honors history maker

    Sunday, February 18 2018 11:55 PM EST2018-02-19 04:55:08 GMT
    Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers is the longest serving airman in U.S. history. (Source: WALB)Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers is the longest serving airman in U.S. history. (Source: WALB)

    "I'm always honored but more importantly I'm humbled that folks would honor me for doing the nation's business," said Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers. History-maker Major General Retired Alfred Flowers has been in South Georgia this weekend. 

    More >>

    "I'm always honored but more importantly I'm humbled that folks would honor me for doing the nation's business," said Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers. History-maker Major General Retired Alfred Flowers has been in South Georgia this weekend. 

    More >>
  • South Georgia city honored with state recognition

    South Georgia city honored with state recognition

    Sunday, February 18 2018 11:35 PM EST2018-02-19 04:35:21 GMT
    The City of Tifton was one of 9 communities honored with this recognition. (Source: WALB)The City of Tifton was one of 9 communities honored with this recognition. (Source: WALB)

    The City of Tifton hopes a new honor will help boost its economy and quality of life. This month, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs recognized Tifton for successful planning.

    More >>

    The City of Tifton hopes a new honor will help boost its economy and quality of life. This month, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs recognized Tifton for successful planning.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly