The Giving Keys started with a New York hotel room key. The Giving Keys founder, actress and singer/songwriter, Caitlin Crosby, wore the key as a necklace and had the idea to start engraving old, used keys with inspirational words. Realizing that in a way we are all like these keys – unique, flawed, scarred, and at risk of being discarded – she wanted these keys to have their purpose renewed over and over again. Their message is yours for a time, but once they’ve served their purpose with you, pay it forward to inspire another. Caitlin (of course anyone with this name is amazing to start…j/k) tells the story herself in Love is the Key!
Caitlin found the missing link on a rainy day when she saw Rob and Cera, a couple on Hollywood Blvd, sitting under an umbrella, and holding a sign that read Ugly, Broke, & Hungry. They went to dinner and Caitlin discovered that Cera made jewelry – this was the “a-ha” moment. Rob and Cera joined the team and started making Giving Keys the next day. Supporting this cause employs the homeless. Usually, I only support children’s charities, I know that sounds close-minded but I’m trying to expand my thoughts. I encourage you to try and do the same! It’s easy to say well they’re adults, responsible for their own life until you are put in their shoesm Working in H/R, I see firsthand how many people are passed off when trying to obtain employment because their credentials are slightly off (it’s very heartwarming when someone in HR reaches out to provide them with advice or fix their resume). Advice only goes so far and even though the economy has turned around, (I hate to say this) but it often more than not is timing and a referral. I hear stories of hardship from good, dedicated people deserving of a position. I love that The Giving Keys provides a path to self-sufficiency through jobs vs just throwing money around. Building skills and confidence are priceless.
Now that you know each of The Giving Keys were hand stamped with love, I hope their inspiring story inspires you not only to support their cause, but to also keep your eyes peeled for the next person who plays a part in that key’s journey!