LENDING A HAND Worthy causes
Hunting for charity wristbands? Here are some sources:
Children With Diabetes sells $5 red bracelets saying "INSULIN IS NOT A CURE" to benefit juvenile diabetes research. www.DRInet.org
Two teenagers with juvenile diabetes sell $5 blue bracelets saying "CURE DIABETES TODAY" to benefit the hospital that treats them. Available through the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia University. www.nbdiabetes.org
The San Francisco AIDS Foundation sells orange bracelets saying "WE CAN WE WILL WE MUST/AIDSLIFECYCLE" to benefit local AIDS foundations and to raise awareness for their annual charity bike ride. Suggested donations are: $2 for one, $5 for three, $20 for 15. www.aidslifecycle.org
Chapters of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation sell orange $2 "MAX-LIFE" bracelets, named for Max Rowe, a 9-year-old St. Louis boy with the disease. Funds benefit JDRF, which supports diabetes research and treatment. www.max-life.org
Austin-based HeroBrace lets.org sells $7 aluminum wristbands engraved with the name of a soldier killed in Iraq to benefit the Fallen Heroes Fund.
The "My Soldier" troop adoption campaign helps people become pen pals with servicemen and servicewomen. Participants in the program, started by a student at Manhattanville College, also receive a red "MY SOLDIER" bracelet. The program is free. www.mville.edu
Select 7-Eleven stores sell $2.99 camouflage-green bracelets saying "SUPPORT OUR TROOPS" to raise money for the USO, which supports members of the military.
Target sells a pink rubber bracelet saying "SHARE BEAUTY SPREAD HOPE" to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. A set of 10 is $10. Available at www.target.com.
The Lance Armstrong Foundation sells its "LIVESTRONG" bracelets to benefit cancer research. Counterfeits of the popular band are popping up at convenience stores nationwide, but the official bracelet is available only through the foundation's Web site at www.laf.org or at Niketown stores, at Discovery Channel stores and, for a limited time, at Build-A-Bear Workshop stores. A set of 10 is $10.