Chains of Hope

To most people, a keychain is simply a metal object that people latch their keys and maybe even a mini flashlight onto.  To me, however, it is more than that.  It’s a destination.

I mean, think about it. When you leave your house, you grab your keys right (or at least you should so you can get back in later)? With those keys in your hands, you are most likely to be departing from one location to arrive at another destination. You need your keys to get in and out of your house, to drive your car, to open up your diary, to open up shop and shut down shop… You have to admit, keys are pretty important and so is that simple metal object that holds your keys together so that you have it all in one place, safe and accessible. It’s the thing that gives you access to your house, to your car, to your work…important things in your life, ya?

But, do you ever wonder how many people out there don’t own a key to a house? A key to a car? Or even a key to a diary? I know I do.  More importantly, as a teacher I also know that there are students who come to school every day like all the other boys and girls.  They play on the playground with the other boys and girls.  They eat in the cafeteria like all the other boys and girls.  Yet, at the beginning of the day they may not come with all the supplies on the teacher’s required classroom materials list and at the end of the day, they don’t go “home” like the other kids in their classrooms.  Kids have a strong spirit though.  They will not let the little details of not having the perfect pencil or the cool color pencils ruin their day at school.  They are there and they are ready to learn.  And, I want to make sure that they have access to education even with the state of the economy and continued cuts in education.  Access is key to their survival and a better life.

Chains of Hope will be an on-going project to help raise funds to purchase school supplies for homeless children in the Los Angeles area in preparation for the new school year.  They keychains are $4 each, plus $2 for shipping and handling and 10%  of each keychain that you purchase will go towards purchasing school supplies, which will be delivered to the Los Angeles Mission in the Fall of each year.

Your keys take you to your desired destination.  Help me help our children find hope in their future, to a better place and a better tomorrow.

Note:

Just like each child is different and unique in his/her own special way, so are my keychains.  I have made more than 30 so far and each one is unique and different in its own way and yet, it still shares the same thematic connection.  Please visit my Etsy boutique in March 2010 to view my collection or to make a purchase.

Love,
Kimmie



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