The Basketry donating bracelets to battered women

Lightly-used Pandora charms sought until March 31

With the goal of donating more than 200 Pandora bracelets to battered women in St. Charles Parish, Kristi Brocato, owner of The Basketry, said her effort is all about “Sisters Helping Sisters”

It’s the name of Brocato’s latest giveback project, which she said is aimed at helping women “who need it most to feel the joy of being given a truly unique and beautiful gift.”

Throughout this month until March 31, anyone can bring in gently used Pandora charms to the store. The Basketry will prepare the charms, provide the bracelets and turn them into gifts that will be given to a parish shelter for victims of domestic violence.

“I thought it was a great idea to let the women in the shelters know that they have support and encouragement, and that there’s hope and peace in starting over,” Brocato said.

Anyone who donates three or more charms will get a $25 gift card with The Basketry. It can be used on any item, including Pandora, at the gift shop except on March 23 – 25 during the store’s free Pandora bracelet promotion.

“Over the many years that we have carried Pandora Jewelry, there’s hundreds of women who have charms on their bracelets that maybe they don’t need anymore or maybe they want to trade out for something new,” Brocato said. “This is a great opportunity for them to give back. This is a win for everybody.”

Brocato called the bracelets a meaningful gift and one with charms that are equally meaningful.

She added, “We just hope that we’re able to spread hope and give support to women in our community,” she said. “This shop has definitely given me an opportunity to reach out to others and help them – and why not?! We always try to find ways to give back.”

 

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