Jennifer Boonlorn relates to the kids at Phoenix Crisis Nursery in a way only certain people can understand.
When the Arcadia resident was 21, she lost both her parents in a fatal car accident.
“One time when I was volunteering at the Crisis Nursery around Christmas, one of the kids asked me if Santa was bringing me a mom,” Boonlorn says. “It just broke my heart and I knew I had to give back to them somehow.”
Now Boonlorn is using her brand of unique handcrafted leather handbags, Soul Carrier, to give back to kids who have lost their parents in some way, just like she did.
Boonlorn is using a Kickstarter campaign to boost her Soul Carrier brand for her third round of bags, Conscious Intentions, and will donate 25 percent of proceeds when it reaches its $10,000 goal to Crisis Nursery.
The proceeds from the first 25 bags from the Conscious Intentions line will directly fund Crisis Nursery’s preschool graduation.
“Little kids don’t need leather bags,” Boonlorn laughs. “I would love to do a one-for-one kind of thing, but it just isn’t what they need. So I decided I would donate a portion of the proceeds to these kids.”
Boonlorn says she was drawn to give back to the Crisis Nursery and realized that her journey after the death of her parents had truly come full circle one day when volunteering.
“There is a hospital on the same campus as Crisis Nursery, and it turns out that it is the same hospital my parents were transported to after the accident,” Boonlorn says. “It completes the circle. It really confirms for me that this is what I am supposed to be doing with my life.”
The Kickstarter campaign launched June 16 and will continue for one month. To donate and buy a bag of your own, search “Conscious Intentions” on kickstarter.com.