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Throwing Stars

About five years ago or more I heard the very popular Starfish Story for the first time.  The Starfish Story is an adaptation of an original work called The Star Thrower, written by Loren Eiseley, published in 1969.

In the adaptation, a young girl, unable to change the world, saves the lives of beached starfish, one at a time.  And in doing so, saves their world.

About half a year ago I was watching a youtube video by Lonestar Southern, and she mentioned something called The Starfish Project.  Lonestar Southern is a Texas Fashion Blogger.  The Starfish Project is a line of jewelry you can buy online.  More than jewelry, the Starfish Project is an organization which helps girls and women who have been the victims of sex trafficking is Asia.  They give them a home, they give them counseling and job skills.  The proceeds from the sale of the jewelry, which is also made by these women and gives them a salary, goes to support the ongoing efforts of the project.

Fast forward.  I hadn't read or watched anything by Kate from Lonestar Southern in a very long while.  However, when I tuned in again, I realized she was on her way to Asia to visit the Starfish Project in person.  She went to sites where they find women who are being trafficked, she visited where they live when they are able to escape from trafficking, she helped design jewelry.  And I was very touched.  Kate is unbelievably cute.  She writes about clothes and shoes and accessories.  I'll be blunt here, she probably has a relatively privileged life compared to many people in the world.  But she, unlike so many, was willing and eager to step out of her comfort zone to get closer to something she was passionate about, to get closer to something that was saving lives, one at a time.

Long story short, I was inspired to buy something.  I picked out a pair of stud earrings made of dalmatian jasper, tipped in 18K gold.  They were only $24.99 and I had an $11 coupon so really, they were unbelievably cheap.  I received the earrings very quickly.  As someone who has an APO address in Europe I am always impressed with companies that first off, even ship to APO addresses (because some don't) and secondly, that get their packages to me in a timely fashion.

Since I've made the purchase I've also received a number of messages from the company, which unlike many companies that spam you ... the notes are personal, interesting, full of useful information and also include gifts and incentives.  I am so impressed with every aspect of this organization.  They excel in every area.  From production, to customer service, to marketing and most importantly to their mission and the impact they are making on the world, one life at a time.  


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