Love Sharpies, One Direction, teen star Ariana Grande and iJustine?

If you have tweens or teens, then you are familiar with Sharpies (we have them all over the house), One Direction (a near constant soundtrack) and undoubtedly have seen (or heard of) Ariana Grande from the Nick Show, Victorious, and you may even know iJustine from Youtube (you are that cool).

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Today, hordes of adoring super fans joined stars (and super fans themselves), Ariana Grande and iJustine in New York City to create a huge “hello” to welcome One Direction for their upcoming U.S. tour. Creative fans put colorful Sharpie markers to good use, designing posters and hello signs, all captured on video to be delivered later to band members Niall, Harry, Zayn, Louis, and Liam. One fan was even surprised with a “golden ticket” to one of their sold out concerts.

Sharpie, the U.S. marker company and sponsor of the first leg of One Direction’s tour, made a generous $10,000 donation to recognize 16 year old Katelyn Darrow-Eystad for her efforts to help victims of Super storm Sandy through her charity, The Angels Clothing Closet.

The rising sophomore from Pitman, NJ set up a non-profit organization to help families in need shop for clothing, food and toiletries at no cost – when she was only twelve years old! This creative, caring and motivated young woman has several programs including a Prom dress drive and seasonal toy and clothing drives. She also started a program called Kid’s Quest to allow younger volunteers to help out. Although her town wasn’t hit hard by Sandy, this concerned young woman reached out to her local community to help the coastal towns devastated by the storm.

I was lucky enough to have a phone interview with Katelyn after the event. This grounded, well-spoken and confident teen was super excited after this incredible day and couldn’t say enough nice things about Sharpie and their donation and how thrilled she was by this recognition.  Ariana Grande along with iJustine presented the massive check to the surprised Katelyn.

Katelyn shared that she is going to see One Direction later this month, courtesy of Sharpie. Hats off to Sharpie, for acknowledging such a motivated and concerned young person and also giving her a well-deserved treat for herself, too. Well done!

From Katelyn’s blog:
For my 16th birthday, I’m going to complete sixteen “Random Acts of Kindness”.
Join me in this unique birthday activity! Please do a “RandomAct of Kindness” for someone.

If you’re stuck on ideas or inspiration, here are a few things I’ll be doing today:
·  At a drive-thru, pay for the person’s meal behind you.
·  Leave your pocket full of change around a park or playground, for children to find.
·  Put sticky notes with positive messages written on them on public restroom mirrors.
Thank you for celebrating my birthday with me! As I blow out my candles this year, I’ll be thinking of all the people who had a brighter day on my birthday because of the “Random Acts of Kindness”.

Try a random act of kindness yourself. Looks like Sharpie already did. Need ideas? Katelyn’s wonderful non-profit in Pittman, New Jersey, is taking donations for those affected by Sandy and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. There is a wish list on the site or for you out of state people, here is another way to help out. Go to and select to donate.

Go say thanks to Sharpie and like their Facebook Page. This NYC event kicks off  a national Sharpie sweepstakes for a chance to win tickets to a sold-out One Direction show from November 19th -23rd. I know a few teens who would love to go.

Fans nationwide can enter at to win one of two VIP travel packages to a concert. Winners will get the red carpet treatment, including transportation to the concert. Sharpie is an official sponsor of the first leg of the band’s U.S. tour.

Follow Sharpie on Twitter @Sharpie for updates.

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