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AMPERS&

Updated: Aug 22, 2018


The ampersand is the logogram for the word 'and'


and

conjunction

1. along or together with; as well as

2. added to; plus


I've attempted this entry many times but could never posture my heart to be ready for this vulnerability. Alas, here I am at 3am peeling back my skin & crying in the bathroom as I begin this, hoping that it will be received well.


The AMPERS& collection was birthed from the heart-tug of using my craft to help those in need. Wearing this symbol serves as a reminder that to live only for oneself falls shy of a purposeful life. I want to lend a helping hand to the needy whether big or small. It’s a humble reminder that we are a collective, the world doesn't revolve around us & we aren’t here to navigate the world alone.


20% of each sale goes to helping those in need whether it be food, clothing, hygienic products, etc. I want this to be pure & spirit-led. I don't want to have an organization do my work for me. Everything will be purchased by me & will be given to each person directly.


Each month I'll have a different burden for those in need & sometimes the same burden will be carried over into the following month. For this month (August) I will be providing hygienic products (pads, tampons, soap, etc.) from the sales for homeless women. There is nothing pretentiously elaborate about this. This is very stripped down & organic. I will go to a random place in my city, find strangers, hand them the product, speak with them & possibly pray with them. I currently feel no need to impart myself on a mission in a far-away country when there's brokenness in the city I live in. I'm currently not in the best financial situation & I too don't know how my bills get paid but I'm using my hands & whatever I have to help. I worry a lot, unfortunately at my young age & I want to shift my perspective. I've been teaching myself to practice helping others even more so when I'm in need.


Luke 21:1-4 "As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in