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The Giving Keys

The Giving Keys: Wearable. Sharable. Perfect Imperfection.

The Giving Keys

Most hotels I visit use card keys to access guest rooms.   I’m happy to hear that there are still hotels that use real keys and Caitlin Crosby, after falling in love with her motel room key, decided to put the key on a chain.  Once she was home in Los Angeles, she asked a locksmith to engrave the word LOVE on it. On her next tour, Caitlin sold old keys with words like HOPE, FAITH, and STRENGTH engraved on them.  The project continued to grow, but wasn’t complete until Caitlin met Cera and Rob, a homeless couple she met on Hollywood Boulevard.

Eager to turn her hobby of making key necklaces into a charitable endeavor, Caitlin partnered with the homeless couple she met on Hollywood Boulevard to engrave inspirational words on keys and sell the jewelry pieces called The Giving Keys.   Since, she has created jobs for the homeless and supported shelters and transitional homes.   Now, the homeless couple that Caitlin originally partnered with is living in a transitional home, working, and taking college classes.  What progression!  Caitlin now employs fifteen people who are transitioning from homelessness to living in a homeless shelter.  It’s so wonderful to see people who might otherwise feel hopeless and sometimes useless, be part of something so beautiful.  Her necklaces are sold online, at Fred Segal and 40 stores around the country. Her employees have made around $40,000 from sales of about 8,000 keys.

You can get involved by purchasing a customized necklace online or at selected retail stores. Once you make a key with the word you want, it is Caitlin’s wish that you will give it away to someone who needs it.  Engraved HOPE? Give it to someone who needs hope.  It’s a new take on paying it forward and it’s impossibly easy and a gift that won’t be forgotten by any involved.  You can find stories of why people gave away their necklaces here.



The Mommy Insider is not affiliated with Caitlin Crosby or The Giving Keys – we just like sharing great news!

Help Support Domestic Violence Intervention Program this Mother’s Day by Bidding on Halle Berry Items

Beginning April 14th, Academy Award-winning actress and beauty icon Halle Berry will auction off a collection of personalized items in honor of Mother’s Day on CharityBuzz.com.  Net proceeds from the auction, which includes a unique hand-crafted gold gemstone ring, will support the Jenesse Center, a domestic violence intervention program that Berry has supported for many years.

Halle Berry Jenesse Domestic Violence Intervention

“The Jenesse Center is an organization that is very close to my heart,” said Halle Berry. “Their work makes a tremendous difference in the lives of women and children and I am proud to support such a worthy cause through this Mother’s Day auction.”

Designed by Vram, the one-of-a-kind ring was inspired by Halle Berry’s natural glamour and was created exclusively for Halle Berry to wear in the advertising campaign for her newest fragrance, Reveal by Halle Berry. Now someone can have the opportunity to own a replica of the ring and support this great cause by bidding on charitybuzz.com. Made from gold-leafed silver with a Surlyn stone inspired by the cap of the Reveal bottle, this elegant ring is valued at $300.

Fans will also have the chance to bid on an autographed photo of the Reveal by Halle Berry advertisement as well as an autographed bottle of the alluring new fragrance. A Halle Mother’s Day Gift Set including Reveal by Halle Berry, Reveal Luminous Body Lotion and Reveal Sensuous Shower Gel will also be available for bidding. The auction will run from April 14th through May 3rd.

  • Please take a moment to learn more about Jenesse Center here and bid on one of Halle Berry’s auction items on CharityBuzz.com April 14th through May 3rd.
  • Like Jenesse Center on Facebook
  • Learn more about Halle Berry’s “What a Little Love Can Do” project at Jenesse Center.


Alicia Hagan, Mom Blog editor


News: Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash draws hundreds to family-friendly carnival to raise money for New York’s children in need

Can you imagine having to choose between paying your rent/mortgage or buying medicine or diapers for your child?

Baby Buggy®, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to delivering essential baby items to New York City families in need, held its 4th annual Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash, presented by Target®, Thursday, June 3rd at Victorian Gardens at Wollman Rink in Central Park.  The eagerly anticipated sold out event raised $384,000 and was attended by more than 1000 parents and children.

Jessica Seinfeld, Founder and President of the Board, attended the event with Baby Buggy’s Board members and Friends along with supporters Natalie Morales, Erica Hill, Jeff Gordon, Celerie Kemble, and Juju Chang all of whom attended with their children.  Also in attendance were many families from Baby Buggy partner site Harlem Children’s Zone, who attended as VIP Guests.

“New Yorkers never disappoint, and they always support fellow New Yorkers in need,” said Baby Buggy Founder Jessica Seinfeld. “Families need Baby Buggy now more than ever – our sites are reporting a 15% increase in need over this same time last year.  Many parents who already depend on Baby Buggy are now unemployed and forced to make difficult choices between things like paying rent, or buying medicine versus purchasing a crib or buying diapers.  Thanks to our generous corporate sponsors and supporters, the money raised at this event will mean fewer parents having to make painful choices in how they provide for their children.”

Target was the event’s lead sponsor. Additional sponsorship was provided by Aveeno Baby®, Nickelodeon, Delta Children’s Products, Natural Care by Danny Seo, Lansinoh, Rosie Pope Maternity, MeeGenius! and Skip Hop.  The family-friendly celebration, which included carnival rides and activities, also featured appearances by Clifford the Big Red Dog, Bob the Builder and Angelina Ballerina.

The Target tote gift bag contained up & up hand sanitizer, up & up baby sunscreen lotion, Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion, Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo, Delta toddler hangers, Cleanwell, a HIT Entertainment DVD, a Sprout Coloring Book, a copy of Observer Playground, MeeGenius! Postcard, Lansinoh Clean & Condition Cloths, a free class at SoulCycle, a Citibabes guest pass, a bib from Rosie Pope Maternity and a Gruber Photographers coupon.


Baby Buggy®, founded in 2001, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing New York City families in need with essential equipment, products and clothing for their infants and young children.  With an extensive network of community-based organizations, Baby Buggy® has donated over 4.1 million items to thousands of children. For more information, please visit www.babybuggy.org.