Every holiday season, I’m pitched countless “gifts that give back” ideas. Often times, I’m guilted into mentioning the item somewhere on social media and/or buying it and never actually gifting said item to anyone. That’s not the case with Easter Seals Gives Back Bracelets, which I discovered, last week, at the Accessories Council’s Holiday 2014 Top Picks.
Created by nationally-recognized jewelry designer Elise Rosenstock through her brand ElyseRyan, the slim, charm bangles are crafted by high school students and young adults with disabilities via Easter Seals’ School-to-Life Program. Students learn the skill of jewelry making under the tutelage of Elise and her team, who provide direction, feedback and a salary. This is a game changer and confidence builder for these amazing kids.
A second level of giving back was built into the program when the students decided they too wanted to help a cause, and collectively decided to support United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council.
If you’re keeping track, here’s the goody-gum-drops run down: bracelets cost $35, students in the Easter Seals’ School-to-Life Program make a salary, and $10 is donated to United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council.
Easter Seals Gives Back Bracelets are expandable for larger wrists and squeezable for tiny wrists, like mine. The larger charm has a purse to represent women and the power of the purse to achieve change in communities around the world, while the smaller charm has a heart engraved with ‘GIVE BACK’. Bracelets are available in gold, rose gold, silver hematite, and two-tone. I purchased rose gold and hematite bracelets, and stylishly share the story behind my well accessorized look.