glassy little baby
Warning: This story will make you feel something.
See? It did it already.
They’re called votives. It takes four people in a team of seventy about ten minutes to make a single one. For every one sold, a charity benefits. And one of those beneficiaries is Roper St. Francis.
glassybaby started in 2003 when then 32-year-old mother of three, Lee Rhodes, was in the middle of a seven-year battle with lung cancer. Her then-husband gave her a colorful cup he’d made in a glassblowing class. She dropped a tea light in it by sheer accident, becoming kindled by its extraordinary glow. She felt comforted and healed in that instant, and knew she needed to bring this gleaming light to others like her.
With the artists in Seattle and their storefront in NYC, Lee and her team can’t seem to make them fast enough. But every employee is committed, because most of them—like us—have some kind of connection—direct or indirect—to cancer. With eight experienced hands on each and sales rising 40-50% each year, each one helps cancer patients with bus fares, electric bills, and other non-covered expenses to make life easier. So easy they’ll be climbing Mt. Kilamnjaro soon.
Like Lee did last year.
No two glassybabies are the same. The “Wet Dog” votive—which can also be used as a vase or glass—is opaque and earthy and benefits The Humane Society. “Lady Di” is a translucent cobalt that may hypnotize you if you’re not careful. And “First Kiss,” well, just be cautious who’s around.
It’s their first visit to the South. At the Governor Thomas Bennett House tonight, hundreds of art-nouveau glassybabies will be displayed and ten percent of proceeds will go back to Roper. The more they sell, the more they give to charity. Given their national success so far—like, $884,825.24—we’re guessing Roper’s in for a good night.
The only question is whether to give it to Mom this Sunday or keep it for yourself.
Tonight – Governor Thomas Bennett House, 69 Barre Street, 5-7pm 10% of proceeds to Roper
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Story by: Jessica Kenny