Monday, November 10, 2014

Beauty for a Cause

Many years ago, I had a summer job as a night nanny for newborn triplets (they hired me to help with night feedings so one of them could sleep). Two girls and a boy... these were this couple's only children. I remember one morning, in the moments just as the sun was beginning to rise, the mom turned to me, a baby in each arm and one in her lap, and said:

"Now that I have my babies, I just wish we could all live in a bubble so that nothing and no one could ever hurt us or do us any harm."

At the time I remember thinking that she sounded a little paranoid and over-anxious. But I chalked it up to the sleep deprivation.

What I didn't know at the time is that once you have a child, your heart becomes glass. All too easily breakable. When you watch the news, when you hear of a tragedy, it shatters you in a way it didn't before. Suddenly every victim is potentially YOUR baby. And even when you remind yourself that it's not your baby, that your baby is right here trying to get the remote control in his mouth, you still want to cry alongside that grieving mother.

That's why my heart broke when I heard about impoverished families in Haiti who were giving their children to orphanages because they couldn't afford to feed them. The global orphan crisis is near and dear to my heart. And while I can't save every family, I can save one!

The Apparent Project artisans guild uses discarded materials such as cereal and cracker boxes, oil drums, and trash paper to create beautiful "upcycled" pieces of jewelry, journals, and stylish home decor. While redeeming the Haitian landscape, these artisans are also bringing new hope to their families, employing themselves for a brighter future and earning the means to pay for their children's food, shelter, and education. That means less orphans, less crime, less garbage, less stress, and a whole lot more beauty.

So friends, even though I would make a terrible salesperson, I decided to order a box of jewelry and Christmas ornaments to sell at our next MOPS meeting (11/18). ALL proceeds go directly to the mamma who made the jewelry, I get no commission :).

Here's just a sample of all the gorgeousness that came in the box:

Items range from $5 to $48. I hope you see something that you'd love or that would be a perfect gift for someone on your list this holiday season. Bring cash or your checkbook!

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