Lucky Bracelet | Ali Forney Center
Feng Shui Coin Size: 0.8"
Feng Shui Chinese coins have been used traditionally as a symbol of prosperity & luck. The round shape represents heaven, while the square represents Earth. Central to that meaning is the name of the Emperor stamped on the coin, cementing his claim to being a divine ruler as chosen by the Gods. During the reign of the Emperor, he would also issue unique authority coins stamped with symbols giving the mandate to the bearer to carry out the tasks required of him for his country and to keep him safe. This was especially the case when protective amulets were needed for men on the march to battle; they were made in the form of coins, as they were more durable than most other materials, easy to carry around, and easily mass-produced.
Wearing these auspicious coins on your receiving hand (usually left) will see an endless flow of good fortune coming your way!
The organization's namesake, Ali Forney, was a gender-nonconforming teen who fled his home at 13. He entered the foster care system where he bounced around to several homes, and was beaten & abused. Ali ended up living on the streets at the age of 15. Ali was dedicated to helping other young people & publicly advocated for the safety of homeless LGBT youth. Tragically, in December of 1997, Ali was murdered in Harlem—shot in the head & left for dead.
Committed to saving the lives of LGBTQ young people, in 2002 Carl Siciliano founded the Ali Forney Center (AFC) in memory of Ali. Since AFC's launch with just six beds in a church basement, the organization has grown to become the largest agency dedicated to LGBTQ homeless youths in the country—assisting nearly 1,400 youths per year through a 24-hour Drop-In Center which provides over 70,000 meals annually, medical & mental health services through an on-site clinic, and a scattered-site housing program.
Their mission is to provide LGBTQ young people with housing & a continuum of supportive services to help them thrive & prepare them for independent living.
AFC has been heralded for its full continuum of care approach to services for LGBTQ homeless youth. AFC's founder, Carl Siciliano, was named a White House Champion of Change by President Obama citing the wide recognition AFC's programs have received for their quality & innovation.
5% of the selling price of every bracelet will be donated to Ali Forney Center.
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All pieces are handcrafted in NYC in 1-2 days & may vary slightly in color due to the nature of crystals. It is cleansed & recharged with sage before shipping to ensure every piece is in its purest state & ready to work with your vibe.
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