How Thread Wallets “Carry On” Campaign Inspired a New Non-Profit Organization Under Direction of Colby Bauer

Thread Wallets Creates Non-Profit Carry On Foundation
Carry On Foundation

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Thread Wallets has always inspired us with its purpose of embracing and expressing one’s individuality. Now, they’re taking this idea to a new level by creating a new non-profit organization, the Carry On Foundation, designed to promote positive mental health through participation in outdoor recreation.

Mckenzie and Colby Bauer, co-founders of Thread Wallets, have each had their own experience with mental illness. In their early years of marriage, Mckenzie struggled with severe anxiety that affected their relationship. “She ended up getting on medication two years into our marriage and it was a complete 180, Colby says. “It was so relieving and freeing for me.”

Colby also had his own struggles—ones he wasn’t aware of at first. These issues were consequences of Colby’s experience growing up in a family that abused alcohol.

“I knew there was depression in my family and addiction, but this was one of those moments where I was like wow, medicine can literally change someone’s life and in turn change their loved ones’ lives as well.”

They’ve both found relief from medication, but Colby and Mckenzie both feel very strongly about the importance of an uplifting community. This is where the idea of Carry On Foundation stemmed from.

Thread Wallets Creates Non-Profit Carry On Foundation
Carry On Foundation

Since the start of Thread Wallets, the Bauers have expressed a passion for giving back. They’ve personally given to different charities and causes, but Colby felt a need to start something new. He was always hesitant to surround himself with addiction recovery or mental health issues, because he was worried it would spike his own anxieties.

Although he was avoiding these philanthropic causes, Colby realized these issues were important to him.  “It became very clear this is where I can give back, because it’s so close to me I can sympathize and empathize with people more,” he says.

Colby decided to create Carry On Foundation, a non-profit, six months ago. “We want to teach the youth and the rising generation about the importance of mental health and how to find mental stability through these sports,” Colby explains.

Thread Wallets Creates Non-Profit Carry On Foundation
Carry On Foundation

The motivations and purposes behind their brand Thread Wallets have also carried over to the new foundation. The title “Carry On” holds a beautiful meaning—to never give up and push through the hardships in life.

“We really like to show the triumph over the tribulation,” Colby says. Thread Wallet’s ambassadors are artists and action sports athletes, and this brand gives them a platform to share their stories. With the Carry On Foundation beginning, Colby wants to continue this practice, but open it up to their employees and customers to emphasize that everyone is going through something, and this is how we all carry on together.

He also feels very strongly about the power of outdoor recreation activities. “We can find mental stability through these recreation activities, whether that’s traveling, rock climbing, snowboarding, skateboarding, whatever it is,” he says.

They’re currently working on building an indoor skatepark to give kids the resources to learn about the importance of mental health. “We can bring in kids that are attracted to the sport and teach them how to skateboard in a safe environment. We can build a community,” Colby says.

Thread Wallets Creates Non-Profit Carry On Foundation
Carry On Foundation

Colby has high hopes for the foundation. “I can almost see Carry On being bigger than Thread Wallets,” he says. He wants to someday open up facilities across the country and internationally. But right now, he’s focusing on getting started in Utah, California, and even Hawaii. The Carry On Foundation is also able to teach classes virtually that qualify for either high school or college credit. They’d be able to educate students on the culture and history of skateboarding while also inspiring them to value mental health.

“We want to integrate our curriculum into these classes, which is really just teaching them life skills.” These virtual courses would go hand in hand with physical education, allowing students to really learn and flourish within these environments.

Colby and Mckenzie Bauer were inspired by the changes they made in their own lives and decided to share their passion with others. Now, the message they send with Thread Wallets can be practiced in a philanthropic manner through the Carry On Foundation. To stay updated on the launch of this organization, follow @carry_on_foundation on Instagram.

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