After being diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer, Brave Boutique owner Angela underwent Fertility treatments, Ovarian Trans-positioning surgery, Radiation treatments, Chemotherapy and Colon reconstruction surgery. While in the hospital, she realized that for years she watched the ones around her being Brave at very difficult times in their lives and taking chances to survive. Not only did they survive but they also helped others while doing it. While she was in the hospital, she had a chat with God and told him if he got her out of this alive, she wouldn't waste another day. It was then she decided to start Brave Boutique and donate a percentage of all monthly sales to those in need and various non-profit organizations that help men, women and children to help make their dreams come true or help in times when Bravery is truly needed.
Angela also wanted to help other artists like herself to provide a place to showcase and sell their art. She knew many talented artists that she wanted to join together and have a strong sense of "family". She feels beyond blessed to have such wonderful people in her life and is grateful for each of them. Brave boutique is one of her greatest accomplishments. She's thankful to have such a wonderful boutique to share not only products but also people's stories, all while helping others.
When starting Brave Boutique, Angela made the decision to not only have items in store that are nice for people to buy but to also have items in store that give back to communities and non-profits as well. That way, not only is Brave Boutique helping the community by supporting non-profits, many of the products sold also give back to communities and others in need.
Countless hours have been spent researching items that are sold in-store and online that give back as well. For example, Bridgewater Candles donates 3 meals a day to an Orphan for every candle sold, Purpose Jewelry rescues women from Human trafficking and teaches them how to make jewelry to help them financially get out on their own. French Dressing Jeans helps with funding initiatives that raise awareness and help victims in the fight against Breast Cancer. A portion of every pair of jeans sold is donated to national, regional and local Breast Cancer organizations throughout North America. Buck naked soap company donates a percentage of profits annually to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in support of national and international projects. They also partner with WE Charity to develop our WE Charity Collection, which gives clean water to developing communities. Clean water isn’t a luxury – it’s a basic human right. Therefore, a portion of every item in the WE Collection goes to WE Charity to provide clean water in Kenya. Visit us in store for additional information on all they products we carry that give back!
merediths-miracles.org/ Meredith's miracles colon cancer foundation, who started their Foundation to help patients with financial needs after Meredith died of colon cancer in her 20's. Meredith’s Miracles is dedicated to providing financial assistance to young adults who are currently fighting colon cancer. Meredith's Miracles was huge help to me financially while I was going through treatment and I want to give back to them so that they can help others like they helped me at such a time of need.
run4meg.com/ Meg's Miles who helps empower women and share the love of Christ. Her parents started the foundation after she was hit and killed by a drunk driver while she was out running, training for the Boston marathon. They decided not to focused on how she died but instead focus on how she lived. Being a woman of Faith, Mother, Daughter, Sister, Wife and friend to everyone.
ckgfoundation.org/ that carries on Cameron's Memory by going into schools and teaching our youth how to deal with Depression and Anxiety. On March 16, 2014, Cameron Kathleen Gallagher crossed the finish line of her half-marathon. She not only completed her physical race, she completed her race here on earth. About 50 yards after crossing the finish line with a smile, she fell into her parents’ arms where they were proudly cheering for their daughter. She passed away from sudden cardiac arrhythmia. Cameron’s parents and her four siblings knew how important the SpeakUp5k and all it stood for was to her. They vowed to be her voice and carry on her mission to cultivate awareness, understanding, and education for teenage mental health. The Cameron K Gallagher Foundation was born and her dream was launched. Two of the most important messages Cameron wanted to share with the world is that you are not alone and your presence here on earth is wanted, needed, and worth it all.
raisewithus.org/ Raise with us: that was created by two mothers of children with disabilities to create opportunities for vocational training, employment and community engagement for youth and young adults with developmental disabilities. They have a coffee cart that they take to schools and vendor events and sell coffee to give the youth and young adults employable skills. They also sell Coffee, Mugs and hats that help fund the coffee cart.
These are just a few examples of the organizations we will help. If you know of a foundation in need please send us information to firstname.lastname@example.org about their organization and we will review it to see if we can help.