Gabe’s Red Balloon Foundation Candles - Available in 2 Scents

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In what seems like a lifetime ago, my friend Kelly and I met as hairstylists as we worked for the same company. She attended my wedding and eventually life took us in different directions and she moved to Toronto. On this very day, 24 years ago she became a mother.
On April 13th 2016, Kelly's motherhood story took a tragic turn. Kelly lost her only child, Gabriel, to gun violence in Toronto. Gabriel was a positive, creative person. He was only 18 at the time of his unprovoked murder. He was just starting to grow up and plan his future. He wanted to study business in university. Music was Gabriel’s passion. He wrote music and sang. He was deeply loved by his mother and his many friends and is still deeply missed by all. His killer, a complete stranger with a history of violence, was convicted for his murder and is now serving a lengthy sentence in jail.

Kelly established Gabe’s Red Balloon Foundation in Gabe’s memory. The Gabe Nikov Memorial Award, given by the foundation, is intended to inspire youth towards positive life choices. The organization strives for early intervention to prevent gun violence, stronger gun laws, community support after trauma and victim support through the court process.

In honor of Gabe’s memory and his birthday, The Red Balloon Foundation has been working on something NEW to help fundraise and meet their goal!
Kelly worked to create two candles, called Stay Lit! and Shine Bright. Proceeds from the sale of these candles go directly to the award fund.

"Stay Lit!" is Gabe’s candle and if you knew him, you’ll know it smells just like him and the scents he loved!
Scent: Spicy citrus, herbal greens, cool water men’s cologne, musk and campfire smoke. It’s the masculine & fresh scent of a young gentleman and a man about town.

“Shine Bright” is for the Red Balloon Foundation’s mission to spread awareness and bring hope and light to the youth of today for a brighter future tomorrow. It’s a neutral scent of fresh rainfalls and renewable bamboo. It smells like optimism, bright futures and new beginnings.

These are scented soy & coconut soy candles handmade in Toronto, Canada by 6ixwicks Candle Co. Vegan, Kosher, cruelty-free, paraben & phthalate-free fragrances, dye-free, lead-free cotton wick, clean burning, non-toxic and long-burning (approx. 50-60 hours). 8 ounces in size.
I wanted to help Kelly anyway I could, so I have offered to make these candles available in my store for anyone that would like to help her with her cause.

The candles are NOW in store. You can purchase one candle for $25 or one of each scent for $45 bundle price. We are willing to ship with any craft order as well, or stop by the store and pick one up in person.
I appreciate any support you can help us provide.