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Our friendship bracelets were originally designed by children at an orphanage in Cambodia at the EAI orphanage in Phnom Penh. In 2009, when HALF UNITED first began, two missionaries came knocking on the door of our tiny, one room office in downtown Wilmington, NC, with a bag full of Cambodian friendship bracelets. Their hope was that we would sell these handmade bracelets in support of the children that made them as a fun craft project at their orphanage in Cambodia. We gladly accepted the bracelets and began selling them to hunger fighters all over the globe, changing lives in Cambodia and beyond! To date, our friendship bracelets have been sold by major retailers like Nordstrom, TOMS, Wegman’s, Altar’d State, Kitson, and many more. Thousands of HALF UNITED supporters have stood behind our friendship bracelets to provides tens of thousands of meals for children in need! We have been completely overwhelmed by the support that has been given to us over the years from people just like you who are looking to make a positive change in the world. Due to high demand, we now ethically source our friendship bracelets from manufactures that provide jobs for hard working people all over the world. When you purchase a friendship bracelet from HALF UNITED not only are you purchasing a fashionable bauble, but YOU are feeding a child in need! For every HALF UNITED product you purchase, YOU give 7 meals to a child in need. To date, HALF UNITED customers have provided over 650,000 meals for children in need. Now, that’s doing your HALF! Our friendship bracelets come in many different colors and styles. We hope that you purchase our 2-for-1 styles with the purpose to keep one for yourself and to gift the other to your best friend. Thicker, single friendship bracelets, are meant to be stacked and worn as a reminder of your loved ones and the child’s life that YOU have improved.
Our “Carolina” friendship bracelet was designed to represent our home town of Wilmington, North Carolina. The blue represents the Carolina sky and our beautiful blue Atlantic Ocean. The green represents the beautiful forests of North Carolina while the taupe represents our majestic sandy beaches. Our “Sunrise” friendship bracelets represent the new beginning that each day brings. Every morning we have the opportunity to positively impact someone’s life. Each morning presents a new opportunity to be the change that someone needs in their life. When you purchase products from HALF UNITED, YOU are changing the life of someone in need. YOU are providing meals for children in the U.S., for orphans in Cambodia, for school children in Fiji and jobs for people transitioning out of orphan life in Haiti. Wear your “Sunrise” friendship bracelet as a reminder of what each new day brings and the lives that YOU have positively impacted. Our “Midnight” friendship bracelet is perfect for chic everyday wear. This black and white style goes with everything making it a piece that you will never want to take off. This bracelet is one of our co-founder’s favorite HALF UNITED styles to wear. “I tied my black and white ‘midnight’ friendship bracelet on over a year ago and have never taken it off,” stated HU co-founder, Christian Black. “I wear it surfing, in the shower, in a suit and in my everyday attire.” This bracelet is the perfect unisex piece for men and women, for effortless, simple style. Our “Desert” friendship bracelet is one of our favorite styles! It’s simple, muted colors allow for effortless wear-ability. Designed to reflect the colors of one of our favorite areas of America, the southwest. This bracelet is a reflection of times spent around The Grand Canyon, aiding the people of native Indian tribes by our co-founder, Carmin Black. Carmin spent time repairing homes, teaching school kids and cooking heart felt meals for the needy. Wear your “Desert” friendship bracelet as an inspirational reminder to help someone in need. Our friendship bracelet hang tag was designed by Savannah College of Architecture and Design graduate, Breanna Fries. This inspirational design was conceptualized in HALF UNITED’s early days. When Bre first presented the design we knew that we had landed on something special! The outside of the tag feautures the HALF UNITED brand name and explains the story of the brand and what the bracelets represent. The coolest part of the tag though, is the inside. When you open your friendship bracelet, the inside of the tag reveals an image of one of the Camdodian children that you feed when you purchase a HALF UNITED product. Which style will you choose? We offer styles, designs and color for everyone, male and female, young and old. Whether you’re looking something flashy to show off in the spring and summer or something a little more simplistic to wear year round and never take it off, we have the friendship bracelet for you.