3 Young Brothers Create Candle Company, Giving Back to The Homeless
“Homelessness is not a choice, but rather a journey that many find themselves in.” – Dr. Asa Don Brown
A parent’s casual decision to have their boys come up with their own money to buy extra toys has had an amazing effect on both their family and their local community at large. Two years ago, Patrick and Celena Gill gave Collin, Ryan and Austin a choice: start a business or get a job. Their sons chose the former and Frères Branchiaux (French for Gill Brothers) was born.
Each of the boys contribute regularly to the candle making business. At first it was only about making money for toys, and then Ryan got tired of asking his Mom for money every time he saw a homeless person and began to use the proceeds from the business to help the homeless around Washington D.C.
As of today, nearly 30 local stores carry the candles and they have a pending contract with Macy’s. With 400 candles in 23 different scents, everyone can find one they enjoy. In addition to donating an average of $500 a month towards homeless causes, they also give back to their community in other ways. They are even working with a local organization to hire some of their clients in programs transitioning them from homelessness.
To watch the Good Morning America spotlight on this exciting venture, click HERE.
As you think about the needs in your community, grab some friends and brainstorm creative ways to meet them. Any effort you put towards making a difference is so much better than not doing anything at all.
Sheltering Grace Ministry, Ltd. is a 501(c)3 Ltd. non-profit ministry. We resolve the initial crisis of homelessness by providing mothers with a safe place to live during pregnancy. We also equip them with the tools they need to improve decision-making, enhance employment options, and increase family income to act responsibly as the head of their household. All of our services develop their self-reliance to progress to permanent independent living. Please join us in renewing and rebuilding the lives of these brave women – #Be1of5000.