Wednesday, July 11, 2012

New endeavor: Charity Bracelets

After buying several Pura Vida bracelets, I was inspired to make my own charity bracelets. For those who have never heard of Pura Vida, please visit their website here: Two young men were visiting Costa Rica, when they noticed a man making and selling jewelry on the street. The friends bought 400 of these bracelets and brought them back to sell in the states. The man went from selling 2-5 bracelets to selling 20,000 bracelets. The website now sells bracelets dedicated to charities. This inspired me to start my own endeavor...

My step-daughter, Chelsea, suffers from type 1 diabetes, otherwise known as "juvenile diabetes". My husband also suffers from this chronic, life-long illness. Diabetes can cause a lifetime of problems including heart disease, neuropathy, and kidney problems (among many others). I decided to begin making bracelets from hemp and for every bracelet sold, $1 will be donated to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund). For more information on this organization, please visit their website at:

The bracelets are made with colorful hemp cord, tied into square knots (macrame if you will) and are adjustable with a sliding square knot back. The bracelets pictured have silver-plated circles attached for some extra pizazz.

Please spread the word and help fund research to cure and/or find better treatments for this disease!

Chelsea & Robert Melrose

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