“The thing about kindness is that it isn’t a spectator sport.”

I love the quaintness of repurposed things: an old chest/trunk as a coffee table, your grandmother’s favorite tea cup as a planter, old castle door as a dinning table top. There’s such an eccentric charm that I can’t get over, and this is one of the things that won my heart with The Giving Keys.
The Giving Keys is a Los Angeles based jewelry company founded by singer-songwriter and actress Caitlin Crosby . Working to repurpose old keys into modern jewelry and accessories, The Giving Keys engraves inspiring words on keys and then creates necklaces, bracelets and rings with the engraved keys.

It started with a New York hotel room key. The Giving Keys founder, actress and singer/songwriter, Caitlin Crosby, wore the key as a necklace and had the idea to start engraving old, used keys with inspirational words. Realizing that in a way we are all like these keys – unique, flawed, scarred, and at risk of being discarded – she wanted these keys to have their purpose renewed over and over again. 


The story behind the creation of this jewelry line is such a compelling one and is a testament to the fact that it really doesn’t take so much to change the world. We can do it, one random act of kindness at a time. Caitlin Crosby has detailed the origin of this company in The Huffington Post and at a TEDx event.


The Giving Keys is not only providing opportunities for homeless people to find permanent homes but also encourages each customer to pay it forward by passing the keys with its engraved message on to inspire another who might need that message more than you.

Their message is yours for a time, but once they’ve served their purpose with you, pay it forward to inspire another… Now that you know each of these keys were hand stamped with love, we hope their inspiring stories inspire you not only to support our cause with your purchase, but also to keep your eyes peeled for the next person who plays a part in that key’s journey.

Read inspiring Pay it Forward Stories on The Giving Keys blog.



In a nutshell,

The Giving Keys exists to employ those transitioning out of homelessness to make jewelry out of repurposed keys that get sold and shared around the world. When the wearer of the key encounters someone else who needs the message on the key, they give it away and then send us the story of their key being paid forward.


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It’s a new week and a fresh opportunity to shine a little more light into the world. You may not be passing on a key right now, but there are a million other ways to pay it forward. One random act of kindness at a time. Do one today.


Written by Nik-Nak