Buying American made gives back to our communities and our nation’s economy. But sometimes a made in USA gift gives back even more. I have long been a fan of Alex and Ani, makers of handcrafted jewelry made in America. Their delicate charm bangles are infused with positive energy and powerful symbolism. I recently read about a newly released charm supporting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a locally based charitable organization.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation was founded on the spirit of Alexandra (Alex) Scott. Alex, a four-year-old cancer patient, began raising funds for pediatric cancer research in 2000 with a single lemonade stand. Her efforts inspired a national movement that has carried on her dream even after she lost her own battle with cancer. The foundation works to raise funding specifically for pediatric cancer research to find new treatments and cures.
The Zest for Life charm bangle from Alex and Ani is filled with positive energy and hope. Part of their Charity by Design line, 20% of the proceeds from the sale of the Zest of Life bracelet will be donated to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. The bangle has a simple, delicate lemon charm, symbolic of the message of Alex Scott. The lemon fruit is a bright, fresh reminder that we have the power to make a difference.
Alex and Ani has raised over 9 million dollars for their charitable partners. They are also leaders in the movement to reinvigorate local business communities. Their brick and mortar shops are strategically located on main streets across America. With the release of the new Zest for Life design, many of their local shops have also held their own lemonade stand events.
Consider supporting the inspired efforts of the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation by purchasing an Alex and Ani Zest for Life charm bangle. The bangle is available in a gold or silver finish, and an affordable gift that gives back at $28. You can also learn more about the foundation and make a direct donation online.
Disclosure: Alex and Ani is a Made in USA Challenge affiliate.