“It’s our responsibility as humans to take care of each other. It’s our duty as humans to care for people when we are weak and broken.” - Caitlin Crosby

This February for our Spread The Love event, we were lucky enough to be able to work with the Giving Keys. TGK makes jewelry from refurbished keys and employs people transitioning out of homelessness. How’s that for a powerful mission?

They were a perfect partner with us and helped us throw a huge bash for 75 homeless women who ended up going home with a STATE bag and a Giving Key necklace engraved with the word “SHINE.”

We got a chance to interview their founder, Caitlin Crosby, about what she carries in her bag and the best advice she’s ever received.

SB: What’s one piece of advice you’ve never forgotten?

CC: Be kind to yourself. You are unique for a divine purpose. There’s no one else who can do what you do. Embrace all your ‘quirks’ & so called 'imperfections.’ Change your perspective and know that those things make you 'you.’ And that’s a beautiful thing.

SB: At our bag drop rallies, our STATE PackMen/Women share stories of things they carry in their bag that tells a lot about their journey in life and may even surprise their closest friends. What’s one thing you carry that’s made you the person you are today?

CC: In 5th grade, my thyroid stopped working so I had to start taking Thyroid medication. I’ve been taking it every day for over 20 years. I carry it in my bag  so if I forget to take it in the morning, I always have one nearby. This thyroid issue along with a few other medical issues have helped shaped me into the person I am today, who can relate and have empathy for other people with health struggles.

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