The 100 Good Deeds Bracelet Project

Mar 27, 2014

100 Good Deeds BraceletApril is Community Service Month. You'll likely soon be reading lots of news stories of big projects such as cleaning up local parks or building houses for those who cannot afford them.  While those types of projects are exciting and worthwhile, small actions by individuals on ordinary days can be just as meaningful. 

If you're a jewelry designer or bead maker, you already know this.  You may have donated beads to Beads of Courage, which uses handmade beads to help children with cancer mark milestones. Maybe you've used ceramic Kazuri beads or hand-rolled paper beads made by women in Africa in one of your jewelry designs.  A couple years ago, I and many others made denim blue bracelets for the 7,000 Bracelets for Hope program that gave them to families who were dealing with rare diseases.  I've recently learned about a new jewelry-related movement that I wanted to share.

Mary Fisher, artist and author of the memoir Messengers, created the 100 Good Deeds Bracelet as a way for individuals to make a difference.  She was inspired by filmmaker Thomas Morgan, who created the 100 Good Deeds game with his family.  A good deed, by his definition, is an anonymous act that involves going out of your way to help someone.

Women in Zambia, Rwanda, Haiti, Uganda, and Johannesburg make the bracelets that Mary designed.  This project not only gives the women a way to support themselves and their families, but also helps the larger community.  The wrapped bracelets are hand braided with a fine nylon thread and strung with 100 glass beads and a single rubber ring.  The women use a lucet, a horn-shaped tool that dates back to the Viking era, to create the braided cords.

Each time you do a good deed, you move the ring on the bracelet one bead closer to the "1GD" button.  I love the idea of wearing a tangible reminder of how your small actions may make a big difference in the life of someone else. You can learn more about this project on the 100 Good Deeds Bracelet site. 

Please share information about other jewelry or bead-related projects that changing the world for the better.  I'd love to hear it!


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SusanN@2 wrote
on Mar 29, 2014 8:35 AM

I really like the idea of this bracelet, but I don't believe there is any contact info for buying or finding one. Did I miss something?

chinacatfish wrote
on Mar 29, 2014 10:19 AM
HOOC wrote
on Mar 30, 2014 4:34 AM

Michelle, I know of a beaded product that was designed to help "change the world". Not intending to take advantage here with self-promotion, but you asked, so I'm sharing!

In June 2012, I began making and selling my Count Your Blessings gratitude bracelets locally in Tampa Bay, FL and in my Etsy shop, Heart of One Creations: www.etsy.com/.../the-original-count-your-blessings-pink

They are glass pearl, glass, or semi-precious beaded stretch bracelets with an accent bead and movable heart charm. As you go through your day and experience blessings, you count off a pearl. They come with a little card attached that explains the concept.

I designed a children's version, One Heart for Kids, with colorful beads and the text in the card is geared towards their understanding of gratitude: www.etsy.com/.../childs-rainbow-blessings-bracelet

While mine is not a global effort, and I make each bracelet myself, I have sold hundreds of them, and I am grateful (!) that I can make this small contribution to helping myself and others stay mindful about acknowledging our blessings and showing appreciation to others!

Blessings! Linda

SusanN@2 wrote
on Mar 31, 2014 9:20 PM

chinacatfish, thank you for the link to 100gooddeeds.