Every so often I meet people that do AMAZING things. It’s a perk of being a blogger. Sometimes I get to help out in a project or two that is inspirational and educational thanks to these amazing people. The Orphaned Earring project is one of those projects.
As a Latina, it is always important for me to give back to the Latin Community in whatever way I could. The Orphaned Earring combines giving back, with a twist.
Over the years, I have moved a bit and have lost things along the way. This last move, my husband handed me a small box which I couldn’t for the life of me remember what I stored away in them. So it sat on my desk for about 2 weeks until the clutter drove me batty and I had to move everything around again. When I opened that box, I found a bunch of earrings that had once adorned my ears on nights I spent dancing with my girlfriends or on date night out with my husband. I put several away into my new jewelry box (ok, a “different” box) but I had a few stragglers that were left without a match. These Orphaned Earrings had been among my favorites and it was sad to have to toss them away.
Now, whenever I find another one, I plan on keeping it and sending it to my friends at The Orphaned Earring. They take that earring and turn it into a beautiful hand made piece of jewelry, or decor (like the mason jar below!). Here are two pieces I was sent:
“For the Love of Life” will benefit an indigenous community near the Guatemalan orphanage. Since the forcible eviction of 13 indigenous communities in 2011, many families are desperately looking for shelter, food and jobs at the local coffee farms. If they are lucky, the men get hired but only for the short period of three months, after the three months they must leave with their families and a new wave of people get hired.
The Orphaned Earring is a charity that collects orphaned earrings and unwanted fashion jewelry to make bracelets which are then sold at only $7 each. One-hundred percent of the funds are used to bring monthly arts & crafts as well as other festivities to children in four different orphanages in: Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mexico and Colombia; allowing these precious children to artistically express themselves, let their imagination run wild and just be kids.
There are several ways you can help.
- Follow @OrphanedEarring
- Like our Facebook page
- Follow The Orphaned Earring blog and leave a comment
- Donate your orphaned earrings or unwanted jewelry, send to:
The Orphaned Earring
P.O. Box 1565
Hawthorne, CA 90251
- Buy Orphaned Earring bracelets that can be ordered through the blog
- Donate any monetary help through Paypal
To begin, just enter the giveaway below to win a beautiful package that contains a decorated mason jar, a bag of Ghirardelli chocolates, two hand made bracelets and two pillow boxes to gift or store your bracelets. Enter on the form below.
Disclosure: No compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.