When you think back on some of your favorite memories, how many of them were made around a table? Some of my fondest memories include a birthday dinner on a porch in Maine, an outdoor beach picnic with friends, and our family’s yearly holiday open house dinner. There’s something about cozy gatherings and a shared meal that stick with us. It might be the conversation, the dishes, the drinks, or the atmosphere, but I find that I can easily recall little details from favorite meals. In the fast paced world that we live in, occasions like these start to feel even more special.
I recently was introduced to a local company that aims to capture the happiness of these types of get togethers, and to spread beauty through their artisan made bowls. Serve Kindness is a local business that’s built around giving back. Founders Melissa Brooks and Jillian Darling launched the company in the Fall of 2017 with the intention of bringing awareness and monetary support to community organizations doing work for the greater good. They’re committed to working with local craftsmen and to supporting charities that serve kindness every day.
Serve Kindness makes and sells gorgeous glass serving bowls, which are hand blown by artisans in Essex, Massachusetts. Each bowl is thoughtfully made using traditional glass blowing techniques, and the result is vibrant piece with 4 to 5 layers of glass, a bright white exterior, and a bold pop of color on the interior. From cobalt, to hyacinth, to ruby, their palette is inspired by colors found in nature, and their bright hues are perfect for spring.
Their serving bowls are beautiful, but they’re SO much more! A portion of each sale is donated to one of the Serve Kindness partner charities like 50 Legs, Africa Yoga Project, and Buddy Dog Humane Society. When you make a purchase, you can select a charity from their list of partners, and 10% of the proceeds from the sale will benefit that charity.
This spring Serve Kindness is highlighting two incredible organizations. For the month of April, to coincide with Earth Day, they’re featuring The Food Project. The Food Project brings young people together to grow fresh, healthy produce which is distributed in underserved communities. They gain leadership skills while working on the farms, get valuable work experience, and learn how to effect change through sustainable agriculture. On a personal note, I’ve experienced firsthand how radically a plant based diet can change your health, energy level, and outlook. My chronic health issues of many years completely cleared after transitioning to a whole food plant based diet, and The Food Project initiative is one that I care deeply about.
In the following month of May, Serve Kindness is shining the spotlight on charity partner, empowerHER for Mother’s Day. The organization empowers and support girls of all ages who have lost their mothers early. They provide year round programming like a Mother’s Day Retreat, cooking classes, yoga classes, and other events, to provide community support and remind girls that they’re not alone. Additionally, they offer a 1:1 Mentor Match program, pairing girls up with strong and caring female role models. They’re doing important work, and it’s incredible that they offer all of their services free of charge to the girls and their families.
When you purchase or gift a Serve Kindness bowl, you’re supporting incredible charities like these two! Their serving bowls make for the perfect Mother’s Day gift, graduation gift, hostess gift, wedding gift (or even a gift for yourself!) They’re timeless handmade pieces that bring people together around the table. You can feel great that you’re creating a ripple effect of beauty and kindness by supporting a female-owned business, local artisans, and giving back to organizations doing good work.
Serve Kindness is generously offering Pop & Circumstance readers 10% off a first order! Order through this link, and the 10% off code will automatically apply at check-out, or simply type “Welcome10” in the promo code field.
If you’re interested to learn more about Serve Kindness, you can read their story here, or keep up with them on Instagram here.