The story begins with a New York hotel room key. The founder, actress and singer/songwriter, Caitlin Crosby, started wearing the hotel key as a necklace while on tour and had the idea to start engraving old, used keys with inspirational words. Realising that, in a way, we are all like these keys, unique, flawed, scarred, and sometimes discarded by others – she wanted these keys to have their purpose renewed over and over again.

The Giving Keys employs those transitioning out of homelessness to make jewellery out of repurposed keys. Each key is engraved with a message and when the wearer of the key encounters someone who needs the message, they are encouraged to give it away and ‘pay it forward’.

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