Sunday, May 16, 2010

The BeadforLife necklaces, bracelets and earrings I received last month are nearly sold out! Every time I open the box at a group function women are quickly amazed by these hand-rolled beads from Uganda. They are so beautiful, in fact, that I wanted to share them outside of the KC area by hosting a giveaway of one of my favorite necklaces to further increase awareness about this awesome non-profit organization.
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This is a five-strand necklace with beautiful green and tan earth tones. Hand-rolled beads made of recycled paper by beautiful women far away in Uganda. The women are HIV+ mothers, refugees from a brutal civil war, former prostitutes and other impoverished people. Before joining BeadforLife, all of the members struggled to get by on less than $1 a day. [More facts about BeadforLife can be read on their media guide HERE].
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Besides entering the giveaway (instruction below) please consider hosting a BeadforLife party. It costs you nothing to receive a box full of gorgeous beads to share with your friends and family - and you can return everything you don't sell (they provide shipping both ways!) It is a fantastic program!
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To enter the giveaway: Simply leave a comment. Please be sure to provide an email address in case your comment is randomly selected. And please spread the word about this great organization. Thanks!!!
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[Comments will be closed at midnight Sunday, May 23rd]

32 comments:

Jen said...

I love products for a cause, and I'm always a willing supporter. This necklace is beautiful, and I would wear it proudly knowing the story behind it.

jhoward03 {at} gmail {dot} com

Tracy said...

I love my bracelet and would LOVE to have this to give to a graduating senior who has a heart for helping others. I think she would love learning about Bead for Life so I sent her your info on having a party. Thanks for sharing this, Katie!

Nicole said...

I always enjoy the amazing products and organizations you discover! You already convinced me to buy some Ssekos, and this seems like an equally great cause to support!

Tammy Phillips said...

I love my new paper bead necklace and I have already had many compliments. It's a great conversation starter to help get the word out about the cause.

tammy_phillips123@comcast.net

steph0105@sbcglobal.net said...

Our PTA gave them to all of the teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. They loved them! And thought they were Amazing! I think it was a great way to show appreciation to both the maker and the receiver. Thanks so much for sharing these extrodinary beads with us.

STurner

Missy said...

I love the cause and think the beads are lovely! This is a great way to get people interested.

missyames (at) hotmail.com

Matt and Jodi said...

I love the idea. I am thinking of doing one and setting them out at school. I am trying to convince my mom to do one too!

Kendra said...

Oo, I was hoping you'd put some of them on your blog. I wonder how they feel about sending them to Tasmania..

Lori-O said...

My mom, sister and I bought some pieces. The teachers who received the gifts were so thankful to have something beautiful - in appearance, the making process and the resulting change. Me too!

lorio{dot}lakeland{at}gmail{com}

Matt and Jen said...

How fun!

gilpins@gmail.com

The Funk's said...

What a great organization. Love hearing about things like this!

cristfunk@yahoo.com

Melanie Jackel said...

Awesome Katie! I'd love to see what you have still available.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Katie for making a gift selection for a friend who is retiring.....She is very special and so are your beads. Also a bracelet for Mother's Day for my Sis. Of course I had to have one for myself, love wearing it knowing where it comes from...
Loretta Knabe

Anonymous said...

Love it and love the idea! If I win, awesome, if not I'm sure some other woman would love it. I am definitely interested in hosting a bead party! Thanks for always sharing cool links about amazing organizations. Best of luck.

Jennifer
za3tara@gmail.com

Jenn said...

love it, Katie! Those are really beautiful. I'll have to look into those parties.

Jenn
sassandfras at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I have a mom-in-law that would love love love this! Thanks again for your willingness to serve Him the way you do!
~Kimberlee
chamberscompany@sbcglobal.net

Irene said...

oh i love it! several of my friends are very involved in advocacy work in Uganda!

Irene
irene.jaw@gmail.com

Julie said...

That is so beautiful! I've been wanting to help support, but haven't been able to afford it. Now that school is over, I would love to support whomever has the next sale of these. :) Thanks Katie!

julietheismann@gmail.com

Kari said...

Very pretty necklace, even better story. Way to spread the word! Thanks for sharing!

Caiti said...

The necklaces are so beautiful. I wouldn't have thought they were made of recycled paper. The organization is definitely inspirational.

mesmer22@gmail.com

megs_elyse said...

Those are really beautiful. While you never need an excuse to buy pretty jewelry, it is good know that the money would be going to a worthy cause.
megan.elyse.peter@gmail.com

Elle Sees said...

Wonderful!

Melissa said...

What an admirable cause! It's very kind and altruistic of you to be involved with the organization. omydarlingblog(at)gmail(dot)com

Kelly's Adventures said...

This is wonderful. My mom just got into making jewelery and beads so I sent it to her and talked about throwing a party!

Thanks

faith_trust_fairydust@hotmail.com

Michele said...

These beads are almost as beautiful as the women who make them. This is such a great way to support them.

mbledsoe@kcweb.net

Teresa said...

What a wonderful way to support these women who live with such issues as HIV and poverty in their country. Thks for making us aware of others who are suffering.

Sue said...

Love the beads, love the cause even more. I would love to wear and tell everyone I know a bout this great cause. Thanks for taking the time and effort to spread the word about these inspirational and hard working women.

Anonymous said...

Hi,
Just want to thank all of you for your enthusiasm and love of BeadforLife. We are a circle of women helping hard working Ugandan women work their way out of poverty. All of you are part of the BeadCircle.
This giveaway is in the true spirit of BeadforLife.
Weybali nyo (thank you so much)
Torkin Wakefield
Co-Executive Director
BeadforLife

Georgie said...

What a fantastic cause! Such a wonderful idea ^^

icky_pumpkin@hotmail.com

Amy said...

Love the one I have. People compliment it all the time. And when I tell them the story behind it, they are even more enthusiastic. Thanks for sharing!

Brooks said...

wow--gorgeous jewelry you don't need to feel bad about buying.
and a contest--FUN!

starsanderin said...

Really need beads and what a great cause. Thanks for sharing.

My email: frasere3@hotmail.com