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Nike mercurialx proximo ic shari Baldinger wants to have a word with you.
She is the force behind Share the Word, a Memphisbased nike hypervenom phantom cheap fashion line started four years ago. The stars of the line are tees with an inspirational word printed on the chest and messages on the back. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Lola B, nike mercurialx proximo ic 6614 Kingston Pike. Share the Word also includes jewelry. Hats are in the works, as are flipflops.
The contemporaryfit tees have been featured on a “Today” morning show fashion segment. And recently, music star Amy Grant purchased six of the Tshirts, four of which she gave to Oprah Winfrey, along with a necklace, as gifts.
“That’s scary, Baldinger said. “You just want Oprah to like it. She is just phenomenal,
The 41yearold and the talkshow personality have something in common both of them were sexually molested as children.
“At the age of 37, I remembered that I had been raped, molested when I was 5 years old, Baldinger said. “It was an awakening. I spent my whole childhood, my teenage years, my adult years being very afraid. I had major anxiety issues because of it,
Baldinger recalls the moment the revelation occurred like it was yesterday, even though it was a few years ago.
“It was 4 in the morning, she said. “My (then) husband and I were on our way to St. Louis (where the molestation occurred). I was crying, not coherent, sick to my stomach. I immediately called my sister and asked, ‘Did this happen to me?'”
In a way, the tees have been therapy nike mercurialx proximo ic for the mother of three daughters, 3 to 17.
“They have helped me heal, very much so, Baldinger said, “and I think they helped others who have been through something. Words are very powerful,
Words for the tees and jewelry are culled nike mercurialx proximo ic from an 80word pool. A new set is chosen each season. Words on the fronts of the shirts include: believe, destiny, faith, hope, music, respect, run, survive, breathe, dream, free, inspire, peace, rock, simplicity and mom. The backs of the nike hypervenom phantom cheap shirts boast such messages as “Challenge others with your courage, which is on the “survive” tee, and “relax and embrace your journey, which goes with the “breathe” shirt.
The tees retail from $42 to $56, and the nike hypervenom phantom cheap sterling and gold jewelry, $70 to $400.
Share the Word donates 10 percent of proceeds from certain shirts to several charities. Sales of “Evolve” tees benefit the Nashville Rape and Sexual Abuse Center of Tennessee. “Hope” shirts help Ryan’s Ranch, a resort facility for specialneeds children and their families, while the purchase of the “Mom” shirt aids the Helen DiStefano Fund, an organization that helps pay expenses for mothers with cancer who have children in the home. Some of the “Survive” tee’s proceeds go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and the “Inspire” shirt will bring funds to the ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) Association nike mercurialx proximo ic.