Frequently Asked Questions

Why do you offer free shipping?

Since 2006, Threads of Hope has offered the beautifully made thread products they purchase from impoverished families in the Philippines as a means for countless churches, school groups, sports groups, and individuals to raise funds for the causes of their choice while blessing those Filipinos who are making the products with a steady income.  The products have been sent at no cost to thousands of people around the world.

The internet and word of mouth are increasing awareness of our unique fundraising program.   Increased awareness creates a higher demand for products, which, in turn, creates an opportunity for us to order a larger number of items per month to involve more artisans in the Philippines to increase the supply. Therefore, it is our desire to allow those who wish to use Threads to raise funds to not be turned away or discouraged based on the cost. As a result of this practice, it may be assumed that our work is underwritten or sponsored by a large organization or denomination.  This, however, is not the case.  We welcome the partnership with individuals, families, and churches who wish to voluntarily contribute to make our work possible.

Making even the smallest of donations, enables Threads of Hope to offset shipping expenses and offer our fundraising program to those who wish to generate sales, which in turn increases the number of families we can help in the Philippines.  We are grateful for the support given to Threads of Hope.

Click here to make a donation.  Please specify "Shipping" as the reason for the donation.

How do I print a price list of the products?

 Click here to print a list of the products and the associated suggested selling prices.

How and when should I order more products?

In general, more bracelets mean more choices, and higher sales. It's better to have too many than too few.

When running a fundraiser or Love Project, here's how to know if it's time to reorder:

10 They're Selling Fast - if you know you're going to run out quickly, put in your reorder now.

2) The 1/3 Rule - You have between 1/3 of your initial order, you still have some time left and you plan to continue aggressively selling.

3) Upcoming Event -You are selling at an upcoming event and need to stock up. 

Allow 10 days for shipping from the time that we email you to acknowledge your order.

Click here to reorder.


If you're currently doing a fundraiser or Love Project and need more products to continue your current project, visit the reorder page.

If you'd like to start a new fundraiser or love project, go here.

How many people will I need to help sell products?

The number of people needed in selling Threads depends on your method of sales.  Each common method is described below.

a)  Peer to Peer:  If your plan is for the group to sell to their friends and family directly, then one person per bundle of bracelets is typical.  People like to have a good selection to choose from, therefore, a bundle of 100 bracelets provides a broad variety of colors and patterns and is a good place to start.  The number of bracelets ordered divided by 100 (the size of a bundle) should give you the number of people it would be good to have to sell.

b)  Display Table:  Two people can typically sell comfortably from one table.  You may adjust the number up or down according to the size of the crowd that you expect.  It is nice to have at least two people selling so that one person can take a break if needed and the table is still being manned.

c)  Booth:  The best number of people to have selling from a booth is based on the size of crowd.  If a larger crowd is expected, then it is nice to have at least 1 person selling per table, possibly even two.  Space is a concern to keep in mind.  You don’t want too many people bumping into each other within the booth.  A smaller crowd could be handled by 1 or 2 people comfortably.  Again, it is nice to have at least two people selling so that one person can take a break if needed and the table is still being manned.

How many bracelets should I order?

 more products = more variety = more sales

Generally, the more merchandise you have, the better it will sell. Each person selling should have at least 100 bracelets, with a minimum order total of 300 random round bracelets. It is far better to have too many bracelets than too few. You just return the unsold product to us when you are done. 

Your quantity will depend on the method you choose to sell bracelets. Here's a guide to each of the most common methods.

a)  Peer to Peer quantity calculations: Most people request between 500 and 2000 bracelets, depending on how aggressively they plan to sell them or the number of friends helping. Multiply the number of people selling by 100 to calculate a reasonable starting amount.

b)  Display Table and booths - A table that appears to be full is more attractive than a sparsely arranged table.  10 to 20 bundles, or 1000 to 2000 bracelets will fill a table.

How should I sell the products?

There are many ways to sell Threads of Hope Products.

Threads have been sold at sporting events, festivals, fairs, concerts, schools, banks, shops, beauty salons, offices, churches and more.  They may be sold peer to peer, from a booth at an indoor or outdoor event, in your lunchroom at work, or from a table in the commons at school or church.  

Use your imagination, be creative, have fun and capture people’s hearts as you share the story of Threads of Hope, its origin, and its continued impact on an impoverished people group in the Philippines.

Please sell merchandise for the following prices:

Round (tubular) bracelets                                $2 each          or         3 for $5

Flat styled bracelets with or without a bead    $4 each          or         3 for $10

Necklaces                                                       $4 each          or         3 for $10

Lanyards                                                         $4 each          or         3 for $10

Eyewear Cords                                                $4 each          or         3 for $10

Key Chains                                                      $5 each

Bookmarks                                                     $8 each

The bracelets come in bundles with a rubber band around each end.  Place both rubber bands on one end of the bundle,  the other end to fan out and allow people to choose bracelets easily.

Click here to print a list of the products and the associated suggested selling prices that can be displayed for your customers as you are selling Threads from a table or booth.

Click here to view/print the selling suggestions above along with information about creating your order.

How long will it take to process my payment?

It usually takes one to two weeks for the check to be processed and cashed once we receive it in our mail box.  Since we are staffed with volunteers, we are only able to collect checks once a week.  We make records, credit accounts and make deposits the following week.  We appreciate your patience. 

Even our online payments require manual processing.  We try to get accounts updated two or three times a month.  The online payments can be expedited, upon request, however.

Click here to contact us with any questions you may have regarding your payment.

Which payment types do you accept?

Payments can be made through the mail by submitting a check or a money order.

We also accept electronic payments or donations through PayPal.  The funds will be extracted from either your checking account or your credit, debit or gift card based on your specifications when you set up your personal PayPal account.

Click here to go to the "Payments and Donations" page.

How do I make a payment or return on a Fundraiser or Love Project?

Payments:

Throughout your project, make a payment after every $500 in sales, at least every 2 months, and within 30 days of the end of your project. Find info on making a payment here.

Returns:

Fundraiser:  Products must be returned using your 50% of the funds, via the most economical method. Please include a copy of your completed Remittance Slip in your package. Do not include payments. Info on returning products here.

Love Project: Threads of Hope will cover return shipping on Love Projects if you indicate the amount spent on your remittance slips. Include remittance slips with your returned products.  Return unsold product through the most economic method.
Info on returning products here.

Do I need to send any mid-project payments before my Fundraiser project is completed?

Throughout your project, make a payment after every $500 in sales, and at least every 2 months, and within 30 days of the end of your project.

You must cover return shipping for your fundraiser. Return unsold product through the most economic method.

How can I print another Remittance Slip to send with a payment and/or a product return for a Fundraiser or Love Project?

Additional Remittance Slips can be printed here.  Please use the proper document based on the type of project you are doing.  (Fundraiser or Love Project)  The forms are just slightly different.

When you complete the Remittance Slip, please be sure to include the email address of the person who initiated the original Fundraiser/Love Project with us. That email address is used as our Customer ID for all transactions. 

Click here if you need to view/print the Fundraiser product returns and payment instructions.

Click here if you need to view/print the Love Project product returns and payment instructions.

How can I print another Remittance Slip to send with a payment for a Bulk, Gospel, Believe or Personal Order?

Additional Remittance Slips can be printed right here.  Please use the proper document based on the type of order you have.  The forms are just slightly different.

When you complete the Remittance Slip, please be sure to include the email address used when placing the order. That email address is used as our Customer ID for all transactions. 

Click here if you need to view/print the Bulk/Wholesale Order payment instructions.

Click here if you need to view/print the Gospel or Believe Order payment instructions.

Click here if you need to view/print the Personal Order payment instructions.

How do I make a payment for a Bulk or Evangelism Order?

How to Pay

1 - On our website 
2 - Through the mail

Mail Payments to:

Threads of Hope, Inc

P. O. Box 182

Neenah, WI  54957-0182

Please make checks payable to Threads of Hope, Inc. 

Please do NOT send cash through the mail.

Include the Remittance Slip you received in your order with a check.

Click here for Bulk/Wholesale Order.

Click here for Gospel or Believe Order.

Click here for Personal Order.

What kind of information do I need to supply in order to submit a Proposal to do a Fundraiser or Love Project?

This worksheet is designed to help you gather the information you will need in order to submit your proposal to use Threads of Hope merchandise to raise funds for your desired cause.  We have requested a fair amount of information that will help us to position you to have a successful fundraiser.

Upon acceptance of your proposal, we will send you the supplies you need at our expense.  In return, you agree to intermittently send us the proceeds from sales and then return all unsold products and your last payment within 30 days of the end of your project.  If you are doing a Fundraiser to raise money for the cause of your choice and for Threads of Hope, you will return 50% of the proceeds to us.  If you are doing a Love Project to raise money solely for impoverished families in the Philippines, you will return 100% of the proceeds.  Detailed instructions will be included in your shipment. The minimum order is 300 round bracelets.

There are 5 areas of information that will be collected through the “Contact” page on the website.  They are as follows:

Section 1 contains Contact Information.  (This section contains required information.)

1)  Customer ID:  (The email address of the primary contact that will be used in all future transactions)

2)  Organization/Group Name 

3)  Primary Contact Name, Address, City, State, Zip, Country, Phone Number

4)  How did you learn about Threads of Hope? (Google, Facebook, Friend, Website, Festival, Other)

5)  Contact Purpose (Select either Fundraiser Proposal (50/50 proceed split) or Love Project Proposal (100% to Threads of Hope))

Section 2 contains Sponsor Information.  (This section information is NOT required if 18 or older.)

      If you are younger than 18, an adult sponsor is required. 

            We need the Sponsor’s Name, Email, and your association with that Sponsor. (ex. Teacher, Youth Pastor, Parent)

Section 3 contains Fundraiser/Love Project Definition Information.  (This section contains required information.)

1)  Is this your first Fundraiser/Love Project with Threads of Hope? (y/n)

2)  Target Amount to Raise: ______________

3)  Beneficiary of Funds Raised (what/who is the money being raised for?): ____________________________

4)  Is the Beneficiary a WI based non-profit organization? (y/n),

5)  If WI based non-profit, Tax Exempt ID: ___________________

6)  Projected End Date: __________________________

7)  Sales Method: (peer to peer, table, booth, other)

8)  Number of People Selling: _____

9)  Order Quantities/Product List: (See FAQs for bracelet quantity calculations.)  Here you will choose all products (not just bracelets) you would like to sell and specify the desired quantities.  You may also specify any team/custom colors that you wish to include in your order.  (See "Color Chart" page for specific color codes and names.)

 

Section 4 contains Event/Venue information for up to 4 different events.  (This section information is required if selling at specific event(s).)  Prepare information in 1 – 8 for each event at which you plan to sell.

1)  Number of Selling Days: _____  

2)  Number of Selling Hours: _____   (Total the hours of selling for each day.)

3)  Projected Attendance: _____________  

4)  Selling Space (ex. 10x10ft tent): _______________

5)  Indoor / Outdoor (circle one)

6)  Name of Venue: ________________________________________________________ 

7)  Location (City/State):_______________________  

8)  Start Date: ___________________

 

Section 5 contains room for any final comments or questions.

Click here to view/print this worksheet to help you organize your proposal information.

Click here to go to the "Teams/Custom Combinations" page.


Now that you are familiar with the information we need, you will easily be able to submit your proposal using the “Contact” page from the website.

You will be contacted via email after our review. 

Lord willing we should be able to get product to you within a week.

Can I extend my project completion date for my Fundraiser or Love Project?

Yes, you may extend your project completion date IF you have been faithful in sending us the mid-project payment(s), as requested, throughout your project.  We would much rather have you continue selling the product than to send it back to us.  We have plenty!  Notifying us also keeps your account from looking like it is overdue.  Your invoice due date is calculated by adding one month to your indicated project completion date.

To request an extension to your project completion date send an email to accounts@threadsofhope.com.ph telling us the date you are requesting as your new project completion date.  Please include the Customer ID (email address of person who initiated the order) and/or your Invoice Number.

We will adjust our records accordingly.  

Click here if you need to view/print the Fundraiser product returns and payment instructions.

Click here if you need to view/print the Love Project product returns and payment instructions.

How do I start a Love Project?

The first step is submitting a proposal to start a love project.

•you need a responsible adult sponsor to act as a contact person. The minimum order is 300 round bracelets. Upon evaluation and acceptance of your proposal, we will ship products and more information. Donations are welcome to help to offset the cost of shipping.

•find creative ways to sell the merchandise, and make payments as you go, and return unsold products.

There is no financial risk to you at all, and 100% of the profits gained for Threads of Hope, Inc. are still directed towards bringing help and hope to families and children at risk in the Philippines!

Everyone wins!  Check the FAQ's if you have more questions.

Click here for a worksheet to organize your proposal information.

 view ordering and selling suggestions

still more questions? contact us

What is a Love Project?

Love Project: Selling Threads of Hope merchandise to raise funds as a gift solely for the benefit of impoverished families in the Philippines to show them love. (100% of the proceeds get returned to Threads of Hope to be reinvested back into the bracelet community.)

How does a Fundraiser work?

Do you need to raise funds for your school, youth group, sports team, or some other charitable cause in your own neighborhood or on the other side of the world? Threads of Hope can provide our products and promotional materials to you or your organization at no cost!  This is how it works:

• You provide us with a proposal containing information concerning the nature of your Fundraiser, how and where you would like to sell the products and the target amount you hope to raise.  The proposal must designate a responsible adult sponsor, to act as a contact person.  We have created a worksheet that will help you to prepare to submit your proposal.  The minimum order is 300 round bracelets.

Click here to view/print the Fundraiser/Love Project Proposal Worksheet to help you organize your proposal information.

• Upon evaluation and acceptance of your proposal, Threads of Hope, Inc. will ship merchandise, further instructions (about payments and returning unsold product) and promotional materials to the sponsor, upon their request, at our expense. Donations are welcome to help to offset the cost of shipping.

• Your network of people will find creative ways to sell the merchandise. (We can offer suggestions that have been very successful in the past.) 

Click here to view/print the Merchandise Ordering and Selling Suggestions. 

• Throughout your project, you faithfully send us 50% of the proceeds whenever you A) reach $500 in sales (send $250) or B) two months have passed (send 50% of sales to date) to help us stabilize the incomes of the families who make these products for Threads of Hope.  To make your mid-project payments, you may 1) mail a copy of the Remittance Slip that was included with your order along with a check or money order, OR, you may 2) pay online by going to the “Payments and Donations” page and filling in the Payment Type, Customer ID and Invoice Number before clicking Pay Now.

• Within 30 days of the completion of your project, you send Threads of Hope, Inc. a check equal to 50% of your final sales and return all unsold merchandise, at your expense.  You do not need to return unsold product through priority or expedited shipping.  A less expensive method is sufficient. 

Click here to view/print the Fundraiser product returns and payment instructions.

Click here if you would like to make a Fundraiser payment now using PayPal, or a credit, debit or gift card.

It is that simple! There is no financial risk to you at all, and 100% of the profits gained for Threads of Hope, Inc. are still directed towards bringing help and hope to families and children at risk in the Philippines! Everyone wins! Please continue to study the FAQs to get your questions answered, or contact us with any additional unanswered questions.  We will try to get those additional questions added to the FAQs in the near future.

Click here to contact us with your questions and/or your Fundraiser proposal.

What is a Fundraiser?

Selling Threads of Hope merchandise to raise funds for your cause AND for impoverished families in the Philippines. There is a 50/50 split of the proceeds. Learn more about starting your own Fundraiser here.

How long will it take to get my order?

You should expect to receive your order within 10 days from the time that you receive an email from us acknowledging that we received your order. Orders are shipped via USPS Priority mail.  If you have not received your order acknowledgement within 3 days, please email alex@threadsofhope.com.ph.  As we're working to improve our systems, sometimes orders slip through the cracks.

How can I get pricing information to place a Wholesale (Bulk) Order?

Wholesale (Bulk) Order pricing for larger orders can be obtained by contacting us with your request through the “Contact Us” page.  After filling in the contact data, select “Wholesale (Bulk) Ordering/Pricing” as your Contact Purpose.  You will be able to specify the products and quantities that you would like to order there.  The final screens will allow you to view the pricing and enter comments or questions about your request.  You will be contacted via email with answers to any other questions you may have to help you finalize your order.

Click here to go to the “Contact Us” page for pricing and placing an order.

What is a Bulk Order?

A Bulk Order contains larger quantities of products  sold at a discounted price based on the quantity.  Many organizations place bulk orders so they can then sell the merchandise to raise funds for their organization.  The more you buy the better the discount.

Bracelets start with discounts at quantities of 50, some items start with discounts at quantities of 5 or 10.

How can I get pricing information to place a Gospel or Believe Bracelet Order?

Gospel or Believe bracelets being given away for evangelism purposes have a special price that you can request through the “Contact Us” page.  After filling in the contact data, specify “Gospel or Believe Bracelets ONLY (for Evangelism)”.  The pricing will appear on the last page of the form.  You will be contacted via email with answers to any other questions you may have.

Click here to go to the “Contact Us” page for pricing and placing an order.

What is a Ministry order?

Ministry products include Gospel Bracelets and Believe Bracelets.

A Gospel Bracelet is a bracelet modeled after the colors of the Child Evangelism Fellowship's "Wordless Book". Each colored band represents one aspect of the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  These bracelets are used as an evangelistic tool to introduce the Gospel.  View the gospel message.

A Believe Bracelet is a tool to help a believer embrace his/her value to God and to silence the lies they have allowed themselves to believe.  Each band on the bracelet associates with a Scriptural truth.  View the study guide.

A Ministry Order is an order that contains Gospel or Believe bracelets ONLY. These bracelets will be used for ministry purposes, and should not be sold for profit, in order to get “Ministry Bracelets as Gifts” pricing.

How can I get pricing information to place a Personal Order?

Standard pricing for each item is posted on the “Shop” page for small Personal Orders. 

Click here to go to the “Shop” page for pricing and placing small Personal Orders.

What is the definition of a Personal Order?

A Personal Order is typically a small order that is paid for using PayPal at checkout.  Common Personal Orders contain a sampling of various products in order to become familiar with the quality and styles of items that are available to be used for raising funds.  Other purposes for Personal Orders would be purchases for yourself or for others as gifts.  Typically, these products are ordered through the “Shop” page.

Click here to go to the “Shop” page for pricing and placing small Personal Orders.

Click here to learn more about Raising Funds through Projects by selling Threads of Hope products.

How would a donation to Threads of Hope be used?

There are many ways a donation to Threads of Hope can be used.  The sky is the limit.  You, as the donor, have the ability to specify the recipient or purpose for your donation.

A few examples of donations could include:

-sponsoring a Filippino college student to cover their tuition

-helping to support the missionaries that work full time (and beyond) for Threads of Hope, who's only income comes through the support donated by others who believe in them

      Alex and Chris Kuhlow, Jim and Julie Marsh, and Ben and Sarah Coltrane are three couples who rely on support from others.

-specific project expenses like:

                 outfitting the high school with classroom furniture

                 building a foot bridge for safer crossing of the rivers during wet season

                 building the birthing center and guest housing and missionary housing

                 sponsoring an optical clinic

                 providing nutritional support for malnourished families

                 providing a laundry facility

 If you make a donation by mail, specify in the memo area of the check or money order how you would like the money applied or add a note in the envelope.

If you are making an online donation, you can specify the recipient or purpose on the "Payments and Donatons" page before you click Donate.

Since 2006, Threads of Hope has offered the beautifully made thread products they purchase from impoverished families in the Philippines as a means for countless churches, school groups, sports groups, and individuals to raise funds for the causes of their choice while blessing those Filipinos who are making the products with a steady income.  The products have been sent at no cost to thousands of people around the world.

The internet and word of mouth are increasing awareness of our unique fundraising program.   Increased awareness creates a higher demand for products, which, in turn, creates an opportunity for us to order a larger number of items per month to involve more artisans in the Philippines to increase the supply. Therefore, it is our desire to allow those who wish to use Threads to raise funds to not be turned away or discouraged based on the cost. As a result of this practice, it may be assumed that our work is underwritten or sponsored by a large organization or denomination.  This, however, is not the case.  We welcome the partnership with individuals, families, and churches who wish to voluntarily contribute to make our work possible.

Making even the smallest of donations, enables Threads of Hope to offset shipping expenses and offer our fundraising program to those who wish to generate sales, which in turn increases the number of families we can help in the Philippines.  We are grateful for the support given to Threads of Hope.

Click here to make a donation.

What kind of a difference can my involvement with Threads of Hope make?

By raising funds through Threads, the people selling the bracelets for Threads of Hope have the added incentive that they are making a real difference in the lives of the families who make the bracelets for us.  Children and young girls are no longer on the beaches where they are very vulnerable to exploitation.  Many who have dropped out of school and are now back in school because they no longer have the investment of time needed to sell the bracelets. They know Threads of Hope will be there to buy what they produce from them.  You are helping families have a steady income they can count on. Lives are being changed in very positive ways.  You are helping to meet the physical, educational and spiritual needs of an impoverished people group through your fundraising efforts.  You are helping to give them hope.

Click here to learn more about raising funds by selling Threads of Hope merchandise through Fundraisers or Love Projects.

How can I get involved with Threads of Hope to help the people in the Philippines?

1) Pray for us!  The value of people who faithfully pray for us and this ministry to children at risk cannot be measured! 

2) Sell products to raise funds.  We have made the merchandise available to church youth groups, both private and public schools, nonprofit organizations and individuals raising money for various causes. You don’t have to be part of a group either, you can get involved by selling the bracelets within your own spheres of influence.  Selling at a sporting event, festival or concert is another option.

Click here to learn more about raising funds by selling Threads of Hope merchandise through Fundraisers or Love Projects.

3) Spread the word.  Tell people about our fundraising opportunities. Tell your friends. With each successful fundraiser (and there are MANY) the word spreads to others who are looking for effective fundraisers.  Some people find us on the Internet by doing searches.  Learn the story of Threads of Hope and share it with others.

4) Donate to help offset the cost of shipping that we provide free of charge to encourage anyone to get involved with our Fundraisers and Love Projects.  Even the smallest donation is helpful and appreciated.

Click here to make a donation.

5) Come to the Philippines.  Maybe you have a team from your church that would like to come to the Philippines and do work projects or have a VBS with the children in the village or just come and be a demonstration of Christ’s love.

6) Listen to the Spirit of God to show you how He would have you be involved!

For more information about getting involved with Threads of Hope to make a difference, please continue reading the FAQs to get your questions answered.  If you still have questions after that, feel free to contact us.

Can customers help Threads of Hope to improve their FAQs?

Absolutely!  We would appreciate your help to make our website better.  If you read the FAQs in search of an answer to a question and do not find it, please let us know.  Go to the “Contact Us” page and use the comment section to ask that question or tell us what is missing. We will review those unanswered questions and make every attempt to get those additional questions added to the FAQs in the near future for the benefit of others.

Click here to contact us with questions you could not find the answers to on the FAQs.

How are the proceeds from the sale of Threads of Hope products used?

All of us serving with Threads of Hope do so as a labor of love on behalf of the families at risk making the bracelets so there are no salaries paid.  The chart below breaks down how our proceeds are used.

10% - Operational Expenses

50% - Purchasing Raw Materials and End Products, Paying Makers

40% - Local Community Development

We are constantly trying to assess the areas of greatest need and implement projects and provisions to meet those needs.

Where in the world have you sent orders?

We have sent bracelets all over the US...probably every state by now, Canada, Australia, Korea, Belgium, New Zealand, France, Great Britain, Philippines, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and likely a few others I can’t recall at this time.

What kinds of people/groups come to you to try to raise money?

Many people and groups who come to us are actually raising support for serving God on short term mission trips while helping us care for and bless families at risk. Many are raising support to find cures for various diseases. Some are raising money for school programs that have had budget cuts. Sports teams are raising money for uniforms and equipment.  Some are Cheerleading squads.  Some have raised money for after prom activities.  And some do it as a Love Project just to give it all back to the families who make the products for us to encourage them not to give up and that there are people who truly care about them and their circumstances. 

Do you sell anything besides bracelets?

Yes, our product selection is expanding.  

Our current products include:

Round/tubular bracelets that are mixed randomly; our flagship product

Round/tubular bracelets that contain team/school colors only, about 90 different options

Flat bracelets; some with a bead and some without

Necklaces; a longer version of the round/tubular style bracelets

Eyewear cords; a longer version of the round/tubular style bracelets with rings and coils to attach your glasses

Lanyards; constructed using the round/tubular style with a clips in the center to hang ID's or keys and a magnetic closure for easy release as a safety device

Bookmarks; one with fringe on both ends and the other with a loop on one end and fringe on the other that can be worn as an extra-wide bracelet as well

Key chains: similar to the bookmark with a loop, but shorter.  

Head or hat bands; created in a quite beautiful array of patterns and colors to catch the eye and satisfy your personal tastes

Braided necklaces made from three single strand necklaces are designed to be choker length and finished with a magnetic closure

Our future products include:

Braided bracelets; are created by cutting the braided necklaces in two and finished with a magnetic closure

Wider flat bracelets without beads; slightly wider and longer than our regular flat bracelets with no bead so men have a few more options

Camera straps; gorgeous designs and color combinations, the same width as a headband, but longer, with attached straps and ladder clasps to fit any camera

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Does each of the bracelets made have a particular meaning?

In a sense all the bracelets have meaning...it is a prayer to God that He would provide for them and their families through the sale of each bracelet. They are not asking for a handout...they want the dignity that comes from working for what they receive. They do make two special bracelets that have meaning both to them and the person wearing it. The first one is called a Gospel Bracelet.  It is actually a tool used to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. The second one is called a Believe Bracelet.  It comes with an accompanying study guide that helps Believers to memorize scripture that reminds them to choose to believe how valuable they are to God because of who they are in Christ.

How long does it take to make them?

On average they can make the round bracelets at a rate of from 10 to 12 bracelets per hour...although there are a few who can make one Gospel bracelet in about four minutes!  The others products like the bookmarks and key chains take hours instead of minutes to make.  Currently our most complicated products, the headbands, hat bands and camera straps takes several days to make.

Where are the products made?

The products are all made near Puerto Galera on the northern coast of the island of Mindoro, which is the first island directly south of Manila in the Philippines.  They are made in the homes of the families so mothers are able to care for their children while they make them.

Who makes the products?

Often an entire family is involved in making the bracelets, though most are made by women and children aged 13 or older. We currently purchase approximately 180,000 items a month from close to 1000 vendors, and trust the Lord to sell the products. The profits that are made go to buying more products, creating more jobs, community improvements and sustaining the livelihoods of these families.

What is Threads of Hope’s purpose statement?

Threads of Hope’s purpose is to assist the economically oppressed in the Philippines to establish home enterprises that will generate a steady income for their families. We purchase products that are developed by artisans in impoverished areas and sell them worldwide. It is our desire to help bring back a sense of dignity to a people who are clinging to a thread of hope.  Profits generated through sales and donations will primarily be used to help meet the physical, educational and spiritual needs of the communities where the products are made.

Briefly, what is Threads of Hope about?

There are two major aspects to the functions of Threads of Hope, Inc.  The first is the opportunity to provide an impoverished people group with a steady income so that they can care for their families with dignity.  This is made possible by the second facet of Threads of Hope;  the ability to provide thousands of groups, churches and individuals  around the world with a means to raise funds for the causes of their choice without expense to them or their organization.  Together, they create a system where all involved are blessed.

Threads of Hope is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that was born out of a small act of compassion and $100 in 2003 by Alex and Chris Kuhlow who were missionaries in Manila, Philippines.  Through years of visits to the island of Mindoro they befriended two girls who sold cotton thread bracelets on the beach together.  One girl ended up going into prostitution due to lack of income selling bracelets and was never seen again.  The other girl received the $100 and was asked to make as many bracelets as she felt was fair for the money.  During a summer furlough, the bracelets were sold very quickly in the U.S. and the proceeds were returned to the family with the request to have more bracelets made.  That began the cycle that exists today.

Currently there are over 300 families and up to 1000 Filipinos at times making bracelets, anklets, necklaces, lanyards, eyewear cords, bookmarks, key chains, head or hat bands and camera straps. Threads of Hope purchases approximately 180,000 items per month! The vast majority of the products are used as fundraisers globally for a multitude of causes, which creates more demand for the products.  We sell the products on their behalf so they do not need to be faced with the temptation of selling their children into prostitution or slavery as a means to survive. They are no longer hanging on by a thread of hope. Their physical, educational and spiritual needs are being met through Threads of Hope in partnership with the local church.  No one working directly with Threads of Hope receives a salary from the sale of the bracelets...our work is a labor of love and a demonstration of our Christian faith and Christ’s love for these people.

Click here to learn more about raising funds through the sale of Threads of Hope merchandise.