Introducing…The Grins Person of the Month

Hello again, Grins fans.

One of the best parts of my job here at Grins and about life in general here in Winston-Salem, NC, is the remarkable people I get to meet in the course of my everyday life. These aren’t celebrities or rock stars or movie stars; they’re just positive, motivated folks who wake up every day with a basic drive to make life better for other people.

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I don’t know about you, but I think these are the people we should be lifting up these days. So I’ve decided to start naming my own “Grins Person of the Month” here on the blog. Every month, I’m going to tell you about someone who has really impressed me with their outlook on life and their efforts to make the people around them grin. These are people who inspire me to do more every day to make this world happier, and I hope they will do the same for you. I’ll send each of them a Grins T-shirt and Grins sample pack to show support for what they do.

Do you know anyone who would make a good Grins Person of the Month? Feel free to share suggestions in the comments on this blog, or by messaging me on Facebook.

Stay tuned, you’ll meet the first Grins Person of the Month very soon!

Keep Grinning.


What they’re saying about Grins

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Every day, more folks are uncapping the positive power of Grins for the first time. We are always thrilled with the feedback we get from new customers who understand why Grins is The Official Beverage of Happy People.

“Stopped by a convenience store before work this evening and saw your product, decided to try one because it has a low sugar content per serving & is made with natural sweetener. Really enjoy the taste, it doesn’t have that overpowering sugary taste that most juices that are “supposed to be good for you” have. I will be drinking your product in the future.”

– R. Shawn White, on Facebook

“In our family, we don’t drink soft drinks or Gatorade, … so we loved the idea of a low-calorie, better-for-you beverage. It’s the only thing we’ve put in the store.”

– Brian Fitzgerald, president, Soccer Unlimited, Winston-Salem, N.C.

“Just had my first Grins today, Strawberry Kiwi. I was expecting a boring and “healthy” taste, but this stuff was really good! Thank you to the gentleman at the Hess Station in Greensboro on Wendover for recommending it!”

– Ricky Hardin, on Facebook

“A lot of the students … enjoyed the taste of it, that it was refreshing and that it didn’t have that artificial aftertaste with it. That was the big clincher there. … Teachers have commented that they like the taste of it a lot better” than other beverage options in the cafeteria.

– Barbara Davenport, school nutrition manager, Washington County, Va.

“When our school had the opportunity to have some of the very first cases of Grins delivered to us, we knew we would enjoy the beverages after sampling them weeks before. However, our school staff did not foresee Grins being so successful that it would essentially replace Gatorade and various other beverages on our campus.”

– Gardner Barrier, assistant head of school, Westchester Country Day School, High Point, N.C.

“My grand daughter came home telling me about GRINS.I had no idea what it is, until she bought one at school and brought it home. It is a very tasty drink, she loves it too much already. I do, too.”

– Latifan C., on Facebook

“dude Grins is tha most amazing stuff in the world everybody needs to try it.”

– Bryan H., on Facebook

“Finally found this drink in Davidson County – Quality Mart in Lexington…Caleb Davis was so happy, we haven’t been able to find it since the Wells Thompson Signature Soccer camp. Now that we found it there is no turning back…Thank you Grins for supporting the soccer camp!”

– Lynne D. on Facebook

The Official Beverage of Happy People, now sold at the “Happy Hospital”

Grins Director of Fun (a.k.a. director of operations) Nathan Battle delivers Grins to Ginger Penley, director of volunteer services, and Carolyn Campbell, president of volunteers for the auxiliary at The Women’s Hospital in Greensboro, N.C.

Among the newest locations to sell Grins is a place that we really think fits well with the Grins mantra of happiness and positivity.

The Sweet Pea Gift Shop at The Women’s Hospital of Greensboro, N.C., part of the Cone Health network, started selling Grins a few weeks ago.

The Women’s Hospital is North Carolina’s first freestanding hospital dedicated to women, and offers a top-of-the-line slate of services for new mothers and babies. Because of this mission, it is known as the “Happy Hospital.”

If you find yourself at this hospital any time soon, we wish your warm congratulations on your new addition. Why not celebrate with an ice-cold, all-natural Grins?

Grins helps fuel some serious dancers

Photos by Carolyn Duckett

Could you stay on your feet dancing for 24 hours straight? More than 2,000 students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill did just that this past weekend. Their efforts raised $483,210.36 for N.C. Children’s Hospital.

It was the 2012 UNC Dance Marathon. Dancers raise pledges, and then must stay on their feet dancing for 24 hours straight–no sitting down, no leaning on the wall. In addition to the annual fundraising event, this group also organizes volunteer efforts at the hospital throughout the year.

Since these students work so hard to bring grins to kids who need them, we figured they definitely needed some of our Grins to help fuel their 24-hour dance party. 

Great job, dancers. We’re glad to see The Official Beverage of Happy People helped move some happy feet!

And to all our Chapel Hill fans, if you need to stock up on Grins, head to Ken’s Quickie Mart, in University Square on Franklin Street.

To learn more about the UNC Dance Marathon, click here. Read coverage of the marathon from The Daily Tar Heel here.

Grins, Wells Thompson Signature Soccer team up to bring a positive message to kids

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Grins is proud to be the official beverage sponsor of the first-ever Wells Thompson Signature Soccer Camp, which will take place this Friday through Sunday at Forsyth Country Day School in Lewisville, N.C.

The camp is put together by 28-year-old Winston-Salem native Wells Thompson, a former standout on the Wake Forest University soccer team who now plays professionally for MLS’s Colorado Rapids.

He has pulled together an impressive roster of talent with local ties. Former Wake players Austin da Luz, Zach Schilawski, Brian Edwards and Cody Arnoux, all of whom now play professionally, will assist with the camp.

But the camp is about more than just soccer. Thompson sees it as a way to give back, and to use his position as a professional player to be a positive role model for kids, wherever their careers take them.

“I think sometimes kids these days can get lost and feeling like they’re not good enough,” Thompson said. “We want to teach kids that whatever it is you want to be, go after those dreams and go after them with all your heart.”

Thompson plans to donate a portion of the proceeds from the camp to Love, Light and Melody, an arts-based program that seeks to bring healing and hope to communities ravaged by extreme poverty. The nonprofit was founded in 2005 and serves three locations in North and South America.

Thompson said the camp will also include lessons about the importance of helping others, and to help drive those home, he’s asking campers to participate in a donation drive for clothes, shoes and toys, to be hosted at Winston-Salem’s Soccer Unlimited Jan. 9 – 13. Donations will be given to local organizations that can find good homes for them, and the entire community is invited to participate.

Thompson’s goals fit in with Grins’ mission to make people smile, while focusing on the positive, bringing an optimistic message to kids and giving back to the wider community.

Thompson said he likes what Grins is about, and the fact that Grins delivers a healthier option for hydration, along with great taste, makes it a good fit for his camp. Conditioning and nutrition will be part of the weekend, and he hopes to help kids build good habits early.

“It works with the things we are trying to teach kids,” he said.

For more information on the Wells Thompson Signature Soccer Camp, visit the camp’s Facebook page here. Find Grins on Facebook here.