February is undoubtedly the most heartfelt month of the year. Not only is it Heart Awareness Month and home to Valentine’s Day, but on Feb. 6 the American Heart Association invites Americans to participate in a special movement, Go Red for Women, centered on raising awareness for women suffering from heart disease.
Love Light Compassion Foundation (LLCF), a nonprofit based in Shelburne, is participating in Go Red in a very special way. The funds raised by LLCF through the sale of their Buddha Buddies jewelry line and Love Light Compassion bracelets provides assistance for individuals and their families who are financially affected by a medical diagnosis. All of their jewelry is handmade by Matthew Taylor of Shelburne and Lily Canfield of Hinesburg.
In support of Go Red, when you purchase Taylor’s Silver Peaceful Buddha Buddies necklace with a single ruby on Feb. 6, 100 percent of the proceeds will be dedicated, through LLCF, to an individual or family struggling with the adverse financial affects experienced by an individual with a congestive heart failure or another heart related disease.
Prices vary from $35 to $54 for Canfield’s bracelets and $250 to $350 for Silver Buddha Buddies necklaces. Rose gold or yellow gold Buddha Buddies are $1,400.
The goal of the foundation, started by Tracy Applebuam, is to assist those in need of emergency financial assistance during times when they are unable to work or are burdened by additional health care costs. Needs are identified through referrals from providers and health care professionals at area health care institutions.
Love Light Compassion jewelry is available online at www.lovelightcompassion.org and sold at Matthew Taylor Designs on 102 Harbor Road in Shelburne.