"Is that your apartment key around your wrist? Do you really need that thing to be a bracelet so you don't forget it?" My friend asked me this when she saw my new bracelet. When she looked at it closer and I explained the story behind it, she was blown away at how much more meaningful the key really was.
I came across The Giving Keys website after watching a short video about it on Jasmine Star's YouTube channel. After watching the video and looking into the story behind the simple jewelry, I knew I had to purchase a piece and be a part of this wonderful project that had such a strong message. The Giving Keys was founded by singer/songwriter, Caitlin Crosby. One day, she wore her hotel room key as a necklace and soon thought of the idea of engraving unused keys with positive messages. Caitlin wanted the keys to have a powerful message that could be renewed over and over again.
Eventually, she came across a couple that was suffering from homelessness. She took them out to dinner and came up with the brilliant idea to use her keys as a way of helping people attain permanent housing. The couple joined her team and with a bunch of keys and an engraving machine, the couple was eventually able to afford an apartment and a better life. According to their website, "since the beginning, The Giving Keys has employed 19 people experiencing homelessness, providing opportunities for the team members to move into permanent housing."
I absolutely LOVED the message behind this business and the jewelry actually looks beautiful. At first, it just looks like a key, but then when you read the message, it holds a totally different meaning. The idea is that each person who gets the key must pass it on to someone who they feel needs the message written on the key. On their website, you have the option to choose messages like STRENGTH, FAITH, BELIEVE, and more. Then, you can blog your story on their website and keep the positivity moving forward. How awesome is that?
I chose to buy a bracelet. I had the most difficult time choosing what I wanted mine to say. Eventually, I picked the word FAITH. I feel that it's a message I would happily pass on to someone who is in need of encouragement during a difficult time.
For more information about The Giving Keys, visit their website.