Pay it Forward with The Giving Keys

18 Sep

The Giving Keys is a unique a line of jewelry made from refurbished keys with inspirational messages on them. The idea of The Giving Keys is to inspire and uplift you in your time of need, but once the key has served its purpose, you must give it away at some point to a person you feel needs the message.

It all started with founder, actress and singer/songwriter, Caitlin Crosby, in a New York City hotel. The key to Caitlin’s room was old and rusted and she immediately fell in love with it. “So I ‘permanently borrowed’ it, put it on a chain, and slipped it over my neck. The rush of compliments that key received completely surprised me. After all, it was just a key. Or so I thought,” said the founder.

And an idea was born.

Once back home in Los Angeles, Caitlin went forward with the key necklaces and started engraving old, used keys with inspirational words. Caitlin realized that, “in a way we are all like these keys – unique, flawed, scarred, and at risk of being discarded,”– she wanted these keys to serve their purpose over and over again.

At her next music tour, Caitlin began selling the discarded key necklaces at merchandise tables next to her CD’s. Each key was engraved with a message: HOPE, STRENGTH, COURAGE, FIGHT, BELIEVE, FEARLESS, PEACE, DREAM, FAITH, etc. and they sold out time after time.

After a while Caitlin found herself scrambling to find keys and assemble them, just to keep the orders coming. That’s when Caitlin started to encourage people to give their necklace to someone they felt needed the specific message on that key. Now the keys became stories.

Caitlin created where people could post the journey of their key and its message.

As the business flourished, Caitlin knew she would need some help. Wanting to add an element of charity to The Giving Keys business, it wasn’t long before Caitlin’s hope became a reality. Unknowingly, Caitlin found exactly what she had been looking for as she came across a homeless couple, Rob and Cera, in Los Angeles holding a sign that read “Ugly, Broke & Hungry.” Caitlin took the couple to dinner that night where she discovered that Cera made jewelry. Caitlin immediately took this opportunity to bring the couple on to The Giving Keys team and they began to work the very next day.

Since its founding, The Giving Keys has employed numerous people looking to transition out of homelessness. The Giving Keys have since partnered with a collection of non-profit organizations that are dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income people.

Wrapsody is excited to announce that we are now carrying The Giving Keys in both of our stores. We hope the moving stories of The Giving Keys and its foundation have inspired you to support the cause and find a key with message that could play a part in someone’s life.

The Giving Keys

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