SOS Childrens Villages Sand Castle Charm Bracelet from ALEX AND ANI

Ann About Town was compensated with an ALEX AND ANI Sandcastle Charm Bracelet in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.

The Sand Castle charm bracelet is a beautiful accessoryIf you like to share causes you believe in with others, why not “wear your charity?”

It’s not hard to do when you buy accessories from ALEX AND ANI; they have a line, Charity by Design, just for that reason. And when you buy an item from this line, 20% of your purchase price may be donated to a charity.

For instance, purchases of the Sand Castle bracelet in the picture here will support SOS Childrens Villages–whose mission is to build families for children in need, helping to shape their futures and share in the development of their communities (purchases to support SOS Childrens Villages must be made from  ALEX AND ANI retail and web customers, and authorized retailer between May and December of 2017).

ALEX AND ANI

SOS Children's Village Charm Bracelet from ALEX AND ANIFounded in 2004, ALEX AND ANI is an American jewelry and accessories company based in Rhode Island. The CEO (Chief Creative Officer), Carolyn Rafaleian, believes we are all connected through signs, symbols and resonate within us.

“At the heart of ALEX AND ANI is the most powerful of all positive energies, love. The CHARITY BY DESIGN mission is to promote good will, unity, and social consciousness through design. Standing in alliance with a variety of notable charities, CHARITY BY DESIGN has developed unique ways of partnering with non-profit organizations, including creating symbolic charms and sponsoring charitable events. Proceeds are donated to non-profit organizations who strive to enhance the quality of our lives on Earth.”

48 non-profit partners are supported through CHARITY BY DESIGN, including SOS Children’s Villages–whose Sand Castle charm bracelet I received.

SOS Children’s Villages Sand Castle Charm Bracelet

In 1949, SOS Children’s Villages was founded to provide children with the love and long-term support they need to shape their own futures. Through our family support and care programs, medical centers, schools and emergency relief efforts we impact the lives of millions of children and families.

Alex and Ani SOS Childrens Village Bracelet in gold or silverHermann Gmeiner, a native Austrian, founded the first SOS Children’s Villages association in Austria following the Second World War. He wanted to provide orphaned and abandoned children with a loving family, home and community in which to grow. The first SOS Children’s Village was built in the Austrian province of Tyrol. The very first house in the village was named ‘House of Peace’.

Before it was called SOS Children’s Villages, Hermann Gmeiner’s Societas Socialis was a social club organized to raise funds for the care of orphaned children in Austria.

To Gmeiner and his supporters, SOS meant socially responsible society. He believed that every child deserves a mother, as well as brothers and sisters, a home and a supportive community environment. Officially founded in 1949, Hermann Gmeiner refined the name to SOS Children’s Villages to emphasize the call for attention to children in need worldwide.

Roughly one out of ten children in the world is facing life’s challenges without adequate care and support. SOS Children’s Villages believes no child should grow up alone. Yet one in ten children worldwide is growing up without the care they need. These are the children this organization is working to support.

Sand Castle bracelets in gold and silver from ALEX AND ANIGift-Giving with a Purpose

With the holidays coming up, wouldn’t this be a great time to shop? When you purchase and give a gift like the Sand Castle bracelet from ALEX AND ANI, not only are you giving a beautiful gift to someone you know; but you’re giving your support and help to make positive changes in the world!

The Sand Castle bracelet comes in gold or silver finish; and would make a beautiful statement piece to accessorize any wardrobe.

Have you ever purchases ALEX AND ANI accessories from the Charity by Design section? Take a look at them online and let me know which are your favorites in the comments below.

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