paying it forward with the giving keys

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today i want to share one of my favorite charitable brands - the giving keys.

the giving keys is a company that employs people transitioning out of homelessness in LA - each purchase from their Pay it Forward line leads to job creation, generating hours of quality work for those trying to get back on their feet.

each key is hand-crafted and designed to feature a word; you can customize yours, but there are also tons of words already available, like faith, hope, love, strength, and dream.

the real magic of the keys lies is in the concept of embracing your word. what makes these necklaces so special is that you use the piece of jewelry to manifest and live up to your word. maybe this sounds a little “hippie” to you, but it can make a bigger difference than you think - the key serves as a reminder to live a more positive, thoughtful, and intentional life. then, when you feel that the word has served its purpose, you pay it forward and give it to someone else. it’s such a wonderful experience - sometimes the person you approach will have already heard of the company, and sometimes they won’t, but either way the conversation it creates is really impactful. you can read stories that have been submitted here.

i love the idea of giving a gift that has a deeper meaning than “this was cute and reminded me of you,” and their necklaces are androgynous, so they can be given to absolutely anyone. i’ve used them for birthdays, promotions, big group gift exchanges, and those “just because” pick me up surprises in the middle of the week. not only are you making a difference for the gift recipient, but knowing that your purchase goes towards empowering people in a tougher time in their lives is really what matters most. 💛

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what word will you embrace?