Who’s having fuuuuuuuuun?? (I am!)
(Congrats, Jennifer Martinez, winner of Jen’s beaded cross! The rest of you, go buy one!)
Today my beautiful friend, Krysten, of Fancy Freedom Designs is giving away one of her gorgeous handmade pieces of jewelry. Woohoooooo!
Krysten and I met ON THE INTERNET quite a few years ago, and she’s become one of my dearest real-life friends.
I featured her jewelry three years ago on my blog (and several other times since, because she is forever donating pieces for every cause I’ve ever promoted). Her business has come so far in three years. Grown bigger, gotten more awesome, brought more restoration to some precious women.
But her mission hasn’t changed: using her jewelry-making talents to fight for freedom.
“A lot of things can catch my attention,” she says, “but the thing I’m most passionate about is freedom in every form: freedom from shame, insecurity, debt, and the hold that our stuff sometimes has on us.”
You can read more about Krysten’s story here, but basically, God got her attention a few years ago when she heard about human trafficking for the first time. And she knew she wanted–NEEDED–to do something to help.
But what I realized is that one piece of jewelry reaches much further than just creating a donation. Every time someone wears it, someone else can see it. It is unique enough to spark a conversation, and then there’s one more person who is aware of the problem.
And who knows…that could be one more abolitionist that joins the fight. That’s what I love…knowing that something so small could reach so far.”
Krysten gives at least 30% of her profits (and sometimes more) to an amazing organization in Columbus, Ohio called Freedom a la Cart. In a word, Freedom a la Cart is AWESOME. It started in 2009 as an organization called Doma, a community-based support program for adult survivors of human trafficking. And it has grown by leaps & bounds! (yes, there is human trafficking in Columbus, Ohio. and most likely in your city/town as well)
“What was once a single food cart is now a bustling box lunch and full-service catering company, grown from the hearts and hard work of the women who sustain us. The 2014 merge of the Doma and Freedom a la Cart combined support services with social enterprise through one deliciously harmonious brand.
As these amazing women continue on their journey of rescue, rehabilitation and restoration – the ultimate path toward a triumphant return to society – the result couldn’t be more appetizing: Cause Cuisine.
To deliver a genuine culinary experience to our patrons, Freedom a la Cart creates fresh, flavorful food full of eclectic, unexpected choices. Whenever possible, we choose local sources for our ingredients, giving back to the community that gives so much to us.”
I’ve partaken of said cuisine several times and OH MY YUM. And Krysten is like a member of their extended family, sending them money & gifts & love, attending events they hold, and just offering encouragement to the women in any way she can. It’s beautiful to watch.
Speaking of beautiful to watch, I LOVE this story of how Krysten got involved in making jewelry to help fight human trafficking. Super inspiring. Makes me think (makes me know) we can all make a difference in the world.
Today, Krysten is giving away that gorgeous “live FREE & love” leather cuff bracelet up there to one lucky winner!
Here’s what you need to do to be entered to win:
1.) Go to Krysten’s Fancy Freedom Designs etsy shop and look around.
2.) Leave a comment telling me your favorite piece & a one-sentence “why.”
3.) Stay tuned, because Krysten will be back in a couple weeks with ANOTHER give-away (maybe the very item you like best!).
4.) Optional, but AWESOME: buy a piece or two from Krysten, knowing that you’re helping fight for freedom in a very practical, tangible way with your purchase.
Wouldn’t these pieces make AMAZING gifts for someone you love??
Thanks, friends! See you back here tomorrow with a special give-away from this talented gal!