Sarah MacDonald-Miles has come up with a way for us to support those in need, look stylish and keep mosquitos and blackflies away all at the same time. This community minded 14 year old is part of the We-To-Me Committee at her school and coordinated an initiative last winter to collect coats for the homeless community called Share the Warmth. Her latest venture, Links of Love, combines her philanthropic nature and her entrepreneurial skills in an effort to support local charities including HomeBridge Youth Society.
Links of Love are beaded bracelets made of howlite, sandalwood, lava and chakra stones. These stones are as meaningful as they are beautiful as many of them help to reduce stress and anxiety and promote overall emotional health. Sarah has taken their powers to a whole new level by infusing the lava stones and sandalwood with essential oils proven to repel pests. The natural heat from your skin activates the oils and releases a pleasant fragrance that mosquitos and blackflies dislike.
Sandalwood Lava with Chakra Stones Lava Stones
These bracelets are for sale for $10 each. The proceeds from the sale of bracelets are being shared among several charities that have been personally selected by Sarah and her family. We at HomeBridge are proud to be one of the beneficiaries of this fundraiser. If you are interested in purchasing a bracelet please contact Renee Stevens at (902) 466-1439 ext 234 or firstname.lastname@example.org. or visit linksoflove.ca
Sarah is a HomeBridge Hero. The following is her personal story:
Hi my name is Sarah MacDonald-Miles. I am 14 years old, and I am a
student at Lockview High School. I am
one of the founders of the Links of Love project and this the story of how it
I have been a member of the Me to We youth empowerment group since 2015. Me to We is an amazing group that encourages you to help change your perspective about yourself and the world you live in. I helped with lots of different initiatives like we scare hunger food drives, flash mob cash mob to collect money for HomeBridge, bake sales for Feed Nova Scotia etc, but I knew I could do more to help on my own. So I started the Share the Warmth project in November 2016 with the help of my parents. The Share the Warmth (Kindness is Contagious) project collects gently used winter coats and accessories during the months of November and December and distributes them to local shelters who are in desperate need of them. In 2017 the Share the Warmth (Kindness is Contagious) partnered with the Brunswick Street Mission and with the support of the director Laura Maudsley, they became the sole recipients of the collection of coats and accessories. I went to the Brunswick Street Mission and met some of the people who worked there and also met people who need the Mission to help them get through the winter by providing food, clothing and shelter. After I left the Brunswick Street Mission it really got me thinking about the children and the families I saw just trying to survive. No matter what happened to them to put them in the situation where they needed help, they still needed help and if everyone could see and understand that when people need help the right thing to do is to help if you can.
I talked to my parents about wanting to do more than just food drives at Halloween and the coat collection in the winter. I wanted to do something all year round that could help my community and also inspire other people like me to do something to help their communities.
Every week I had little meetings with my mother and we talk about what we could do and what charity we were going to help. I started to think about how every person is like a link and if we all joined together it would make a chain, and chains are stronger than just a single link. That gave me the idea of the Links of Love (Making a difference one link at a time). Now we needed something to promote.
After several meetings my mom and I came up with using bracelets to represent the links. The links are infused with a natural bug repellent that I invented last year. It is a mixture of natural oils and helps to keep away bugs. The heat from your body releases the scent. Mom said we need to provide a bracelet for people who want to support the charities but can’t have scents because of allergies or work restrictions, so we have unscented ones too. I used the world as a part of my logo because we are all here on the planet together and together we can make a difference in someone's life who really needs it. The Celtic trinity knot in the center of the world is connected by a heart, symbolizing that we are all connected together.
So many people want to help but they don’t know how or they think because they don’t have a lot of money that they can’t make a difference, but if everyone just did a little bit it would help out in a big way. Mom calls it the law of compounding. I call it the snowball effect.
So now we had our product to promote. We had a name and a logo and at our weekly meetings we decided what charities we wanted to help. There are so many amazing charities, but we decided on five different ones. I really wanted to help a charity that was helping children my age so they know they are not alone and I want to inspire them to help give back too. I met some of the members of HomeBridge at one on my Me to We meetings and I realized how important it is for children to help out other children if they can so that they know someone cares about them. The other charities will be the Brunswick Street Mission (who I have helped and will continue to help with the Share the Warmth project), The SPCA, Feed Nova Scotia and my mom asked me to include MADD Canada.
The bracelets sell for $10.00 and when someone buys one they put their name on a form which has one of the five charities on it. Once a charity has reached 50 names I will donate $100.00 to that charity with a copy of the names of the people who want to help them. I want people to know that even a small amount can help. If we work together it can snowball into a big amount.
Here is my mission statement:
LINKS of LOVE
Making a Difference one link at a time
To encourage and inspire youth to become an entrepreneur
And to become socially concerned and community minded.
Teaching my generation and the next
Respect for others as well as self-respect
Each Link of Love purchased will add a name on the chain which
Binds us all together
Thank you for your support,
Sarah MacDonald Miles
Links of Love