Nonprofit Gives New Life to Old Engagement Rings!
I love getting emails from readers—especially Dan Whitehurst from Napa, California. He’s one of my favorites. Every time I get an email from Dan, I am guaranteed of two things: 1. He will have something really interesting to say, and 2. I get to think about Napa for a minute or two.
The last time he emailed was no exception. He told me about something really, really cool that I had never even heard of before: The Ring Project.
The Ring Project is a nonprofit that takes donations of folks’ diamond engagement and/or wedding rings and uses the proceeds to help empower women in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
But don’t take my word for it. Here’s what they have to say on their website:
Donate your diamond ring and we give the proceeds to existing, women-led organizations in the DRC focused on sending women to law school and providing vocational training to women working in mines.
The organization was founded by two smarty-pants badasses: Amanda Robinson and Marirose Piciucco. Marirose is both a lawyer and (judging from her last name alone) Italian American—which is how you automatically know she's awesome.
If you have some diamond hardware left over from a previous relationship, consider donating it to The Ring Project. That way, rather than being a dusty relic from your past, it will be a key to a brighter future for women in the DRC.
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