When Tracy Greely sat down to create her first Living Locket, she knew exactly what she wanted to include: two Heart Charms for her children, and a Cardinal Charm symbolizing her love for helping others through the Red Bird Mission.
THE MOMENTUM BEGINS
Tracy and her family had volunteered with the United Methodist mission for years, collecting pennies and making donations. They even made the long nine-hour drive from their home in Maryland to the impoverished community in Beverly, Kentucky, a couple times to deliver school supplies and volunteer at “work camp, helping restore a termite-ridden home. The mission has been such a part of her heart, she was thrilled to capture it in a locket she could wear every day. But that was just the beginning for Tracy, who soon found that her passion for helping others could be combined with the joy of creating lockets, and her Force For Good momentum hasn’t stopped since.
A few months after attending her first Jewelry Bar (and a couple more Living Locket purchases later), Tracy decided to join Origami Owl. She had been hesitant – she was about to take a job at the local casino to help supplement the family’s income, but felt inspired to make the leap with Origami Owl instead.
She was thrilled to quickly find her Origami Owl business growing, saying, “I did my first Jewelry Bar for a teacher in October. It went well, and I thought, ‘Wow, this is fun. The money falls in your lap!’ After that I had a couple more events, and it dawned on me, there was so much more I could do with this. It was nice to have the money for ourselves, but there were others could use that money even more.”
RAISING MONEY, LIFTING HEARTS
She donated her first locket to a fundraiser drawing at her local high school in honor of a beloved basketball coach, Terry “Teach” Kruise, who had passed on. “I had a dream about the fundraiser before I even knew they were planning one. It felt meant to be – I could hardly wait to help out,” said Tracy.
From there, she’s gone on to help with all kinds of Force For Good efforts. For example, she held an Origami Owl fundraiser party for Harmony High’s soon-to-be senior class (in her hometown of Westover, Pennsylvania). As part of that fundraiser, she worked with the students to donate the Hostess Rewards to the mother of a local girl, Autumn, who had recently been killed in a tragic car accident.
Tracy helped the class create a Living Locket for Autumn’s mom, saying, “It was the Over the Heart Chain with two lockets. In the Link Locket, they included an A for Autumn, the Daughter Heart Charm, the Silver Angel Charm, and the Scripted Love Charm. In the Large Silver Locket, they put an ‘I Love You’ Inscription Plate, a Purple Flower Charm (because Autumn loved purple), the Softball and Basketball Charms (because she played), the Cowgirl Boot charm (because she always loved to wear her boots), the Camper Charm (because she loved camping), the Music Notes Charm (because she was in choir), and the Double Angel Wings Charm. Her classmates chose these charms all by themselves – that’s what made it special. When they presented it to Autumn’s mother for Mother’s Day, she cried – we all did!”
Finding ways to help others through Origami Owl is a big part of Tracy’s “live sparkly” joy in life. It’s allowed her to help support her family, as well as the causes that she cares about. What a great way to capture the “charm” of giving!
To learn more about Red Bird Mission, visit www.rbmission.org.