In June 2008 my very dear friend Caroline, who has been bravely battling Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for years, along with the financial burden such a disability carries, found herself and her children completely drained of all means of livelihood. While her son was putting on a brave front for everyone around, glancing at his face in unguarded moments, I could see the sadness in his eyes reflected throughout his entire being. I decided to design and dedicate a Peace sign bracelet with the inscription Live and Let Live to convey the anxiety I felt at the precariousness of life and the importance of giving back.
The bracelet was not only a heartfelt result of my concern for their well-being but also my wanting to help her and her children have a shot at a decent—peaceful—life. I could not have been happier when, in 3 months, after sending an appeal letter to my close and dear friends, I was able to raise close to $60,000!
The Peace bracelet was propitiously seen by editor in chief Richard David Story, from the celebrated Departures magazine, who, touched by the message the bracelet embodied, decided to consequently feature it in the 2009 January issue.
Since then “The Live and Let Live” bracelet collection has gained momentum and has opened collaborative partnerships with other charity organizations dear to my heart. In that spirit, the inscription, traditionally interpreted as a call for tolerance, has come to suggest a new awareness toward not only recognizing the blessings in our own lives, but passing these blessings on to others that have been less fortunate having endured pain and suffering, and who are now seeking to achieve peace.
By selling these bracelets, we can increase the source of revenue for these not-for-profit foundations, help raise public awareness and generate recognition for society’s need to exercise compassion, understanding and responsibility, especially at this time of economic, political and social upheaval.
As cliché as it may sound, we would like to humbly change the world, one bracelet at a time.
We donate up to 30% of the sales of each bracelet to its corresponding non-profit.
Non-profit organizations interested in a L&LL collaboration should contact us at info@ZadehNY.com.