5 years. It seems like a lot and hardly enough at the same time. Either way, this milestone is a blessing.
Luca Love started with 20 bracelets and a big dream. At the beginning we weren't exactly sure how we were going to make an impact or how this dream would unfold. However, with hard work, time, faith and unending passion the path became more and more clear.
When Luca started we only had a two artisans. Also, we hadn't defined how to give back beyond creating employment. Each month we picked a different cause to donate a percentage of our sales to. Throughout this time we bought blankets for the homeless in Houston, sent special needs kids and elderly to visit the ocean for the first time, and supported families who needed medical funds to name a few.
In 2016 we decided to dedicate our giving back program to a specific group: underprivileged kids. In October of that year Luca Love began the first classes of our free English program in rural Marinilla, Colombia. Not only does a group of kids get the opportunity to learn a new language that will open doors for them, but they gain a family that believes in them and teaches them to dream big!
On this 5th birthday we look back at all we have achieved and all we can say is THANK YOU.
Luca Love is a family united, and despite the distance we are connected and woven together to create something beautiful and meaningful. When you wear your Luca Love remember this symbolism. It is way more than just a pretty bracelet.
We look forward to many more years and hope to continue unfolding what this path has in store for us. We truly believe we are capable of creating many more great things!
With all these changes we hope to grow even bigger and better! Every bracelet has been a building block to our future. Your purchase has and continues to support women empowerment, employment opportunities and global education.
Houston is the home of Luca Love. As many of you know Hurricane Harvey came and caused great damage to our city. However, the unity and strength of the people of Houston and surrounding areas has only grown stronger.
New Hope Church is collecting funds to help those in our city who have experienced damage to their home or have great financial needs because of this storm. The New Hope Church has been of great support to Luca Love and we will be donating 100% of profits from our bracelet sales to their relief fund. To learn more or to donate directly to their relief funds Click Here
SHOUT OUT TO TEXAS ROADHOUSE
Every week we stand outside the doors of Texas Roadhouse in Pasadena with our Pop-up shop. This restaurant is a giant family and it is awesome to see their continuous support for the community.
THANK YOU to all of the rescue teams, businesses, communities and individuals that have come together to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
This is how we BE THE CHANGE
Want to learn on other ways to help out? Check out this link by NPR.ORG
When this time of year comes around, the pressure of giving the perfect gift comes to mind. Every year, I try my best to plan the perfect gift to give each and every one on my list. This can get a little stressful and bring on a few sleepless nights, but seeing the smiling faces on the recipients makes it all worth the while! Here I have gathered up a few creative, and easy ways to gift Luca Love Bracelets to all of your loved ones this year!
No matter the age, Luca Love bracelets make the perfect gift, that you can in turn feel genuinely good about gifting! But, how should you wrap them? What else can you give with them? How can the gift look fun? Lets get started!
Gift 1 Special Delivery
This packaging is perfect for children and animal lovers alike!
All you need is:
I simply placed the bracelets in the boxes and tied the boxes onto the toy animals backs with the twine and voila! This gift option is complete!
Gift 2 Candy Jar
Perfect for Teachers, best friends, or anyone who loves style and sweets!
All you need:
For this cute and easy present; just pour your selected candy into the mason jar, slide the bracelets around the outside, and add some ribbon for garnishment.
Gift 3 Welcome Home
This gift is perfect young adults, newlyweds, homeowners etc.
All you have to do for this gift is wrap the bracelets around the top coaster, and to garnish, I placed the stack in cellophane and tied with curling ribbon.
Gift 4 Personal Wrap
If you want to keep it simple but personalized, try your hand at decorating your own gift wrap!
All you need:
Here I decorated the craft paper with polka dots using paint and added a strip of plaid scrap-booking paper for accent. I tied it all together with a twine bow and that's it!
I hope these gifting ideas help boost your creativity, and get you inspired! Just remember it is always the thought that counts. Adding personal touches to your gifts makes them that much more special, and the bracelets inside are just as wonderful as all of the hard work and thoughtfulness you put into the packaging. For each bracelet was handmade by someone who is just as thankful for you purchasing it as your recipient will be to receive it.
Enjoy this holiday season, give from the heart, and share the Luca Love!
Another glance at the featured bracelets:
With your purchase this Christmas, you spread joy all around! Thanks to you, Luca Love was able to work with two different rural communities and help provide Christmas gifts to children from low income families.
The first community we had the chance to help out was a school where Luca Love gives English classes. We all got together in Christmas celebration! There was lots of food and love to go around after the celebration of a mass. The smaller children recieved toys while the older ones recieved clothing. It was a rainy afternoon but that didn't stop us from having some fun!
Happy with his new toy truck! This little one shows his gift to his parents.
Say Cheese! The Kids at the school were loving to get their picture taken.
Not only do we help give presents, The Luca Love Family participates in the events and spends time with the Kids.
The second Community we visited was in a rural area were families who lived there got together to do the "Novena" which is a Catholic Christmas tradition of praying, singing, eating and spending time together for nine days before Christmas Day. Here, kids got a fuzzy blanket and toys as their gift.
Here Jorge and Marleny (Parents of the Luca Love Family) taking the presents to the car to be delivered.
The kids were happy to participate in the celebration of the Novena.
Marisol who is a Luca Love Artisan played a big part in making all of this happen, she was key in organizing this event!
Luca Love couldn't have done this without your help! We hope you and your family had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year. Lets continue to make a change together 2017!