If you haven’t yet heard of “The Giving Keys,” then you have been missing out on something really special.
Taken directly from the Giving Keys website: “It 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.”
Their logo states, “When you get this key, you must give it away at some point to a person you feel needs the message.” They also state, “We employ those who are looking to transition out of homelessness.”
Every key used is unique, and is also donated. And the company employs displaced and homeless people to engrave the keys. It’s the ultimate way of putting “Pay it forward” into action. Some of the available engraved phrases are “Courage,” “Believe,” “Grateful,” “Faith,” or customers can opt to have a key customized with a specific phrase. When the time is right, the idea is to pass the key, and its message, on to someone who needs it at the time.
Here in Cranford, one of our favorite local businesses, Augusta Mae Boutique and Fine Consignment at 35 Alden Street is one of the few places around to find Giving Keys. In fact, the store is finding it difficult to keep them stocked because of their popularity. Augusta Mae owners Kim and Clara strongly believe in “paying it forward,” and this is the perfect product to do just that.
So if you need a gift for someone, or know someone who is going through a personal struggle, or want to thank someone for being there for you . . . . . consider paying it forward with a Giving Key.