Let me tell you about Harmony...
Her favorite color was pink. She loved ladybugs and peace signs. She had a great laugh and smile. She could run like the wind and wanted to be a track star. She was outspoken, strong, and courageous. She was also kind, caring, and full of joy.
A year ago today, April 19, 2018, she lost her life.
A senseless act of domestic violence led to the deaths of Harmony, her mother, her brother, and injured three of her siblings.
She was only 13.
Harmony was a member of our 2019 non-profit partner OpenDoors Asheville.
OpenDoors works within the Asheville community to break the cycle of poverty, through education, one child at a time.
They seek to help close the achievement gap by providing access to education and opportunities to enrich their students' lives year-round, including tutoring, scholarships, summer camps, and more. In many cases, the staff and volunteers go beyond this mission to support academic learning by giving rides to school, making lunches, providing mentorship, and even crisis support and advocacy.
By providing access to networks of support and connection, OpenDoors seeks to empower students and their families while celebrating each individuals' unique journey through school and beyond.
OpenDoors was founded (just like SoulKu) by a few moms who wanted to be in service. What they have created and generously offer in terms of love, compassion, kindness, HOPE and ACTION has inspired and moved us to want to help.
Four of Harmony's friends (who are also OpenDoors' students) came to our offices and told us all about Harmony and helped us design The Harmony Bracelet – selecting gemstones for a bracelet that represented her amazing spirit and life.
The Harmony Bracelet features gemstones that carry the energies of strength, courage, joy, love, and peace, alongside Rosewood for grace.
It's our honor to help carry on the legacy of this beautiful young soul, to remember her family, and to help support an organization that is actively working to change the lives of young people.
If you have the feeling (and most of us do) that you want to help change the world but don't know how - purchasing The Harmony bracelet is a FANTASTIC way to start.
It's the perfect gift for a girl (young, tween or teen) and a great way to open a conversation about domestic violence, cyclical poverty and how a big difference can be made with small acts of kindness, compassion and love.
This special bracelet is available for purchase on our website (only) starting today!!
And, ALL proceeds from The Harmony Bracelet will go to OpenDoors Asheville.