Name: Holly Daniels Christensen
What is your job?
I am the Founder and creator of Dune Jewelry, the Original Beach Sand Jewelry Co®.
Dune is a keepsake, collectible jewelry line handmade in Boston, Massachusetts using beach sand from thousands of locations worldwide spanning all 7 continents. We celebrate travel and adventure by creating tangible reminders of those special moments. Each piece of jewelry is handmade and custom made to order using the customer's choice of beach sand. To see the Dune collections and for more information visit www.dunejewelry.com.
What social causes are most important to you? Keeping our beaches clean and healthy is very important to me. It is my opinion that we all have a responsibility to respect our coastline and keep it clean not only for our own enjoyment but especially for the vast amount of sea life that lives in our oceans. I am also extremely passionate about finding a cure for diabetes, specifically Type 1 Diabetes, because I lost my Dad to diabetes complications at a very young age
What charities do you support – and how? At least once a year Dune Jewelry donates a portion of our proceeds to the Surfrider Foundation. Their mission is to protect and preserve the world's oceans, waves, and beaches. To further expand on our charitable efforts, we also coordinate a 24-hour online fundraiser for the Joslin Diabetes Center every November on National Diabetes Awareness Day and we also donate sales in June in honor of Fathers Day, and my Dad. It is my privilege to be able to dedicate Dune’s contributions in memory of my father who meant the world to me!
Why do you have a passion for this one in particular, is there a personal tie?
I have a personal connection to diabetes because my father passed away at the age of 36 from Type 1 Diabetes. I was 8 years old. I will never tire or give up with trying to raise awareness and find a cure for diabetes, because no child should have to grow up without their father. I feel I have missed out on so much without having him in my life, especially now, as a mother and business owner. This is my way of keeping his memory alive, and doing something good to help other families where I can. As a child I spent a lot of time at the Joslin Diabetes Center, I feel fortunate to be able to contribute and partner with them twice a year.
Is there a particular way you would want to encourage readers to be involved with the Surfrider Foundation?
Spread the word and get involved! Create your own fundraiser and donate the proceeds. Your car wash, raffle or auction can be a lot of fun and really help create awareness in your own community. Also, you can join the Surfrider Foundation online and educate yourself about keeping our coastline healthy, and make a donation directly online.
How would you define social responsibility? I am very lucky. Although I've had to overcome some serious obstacles in my life, I know that I'm fortunate to have the opportunity to create my own destiny and build my own future. So many people don't have the same option in life and for that we need to take responsibility and help to give them the chance to create their own happiness and success. Once you’re aware of the fact that you can be MORE and do MORE and you allow yourself to believe it, then you can actually make your dreams come true. Sometimes you just need someone to tell you that anything is possible.
Quick list of tattoos: I have the word "Freedom" tattooed on my back. This is something I had done in Amsterdam quite a few years ago but it holds true. I feel most "free" when I'm traveling, learning and engulfed in other cultures.
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