The Becca earrings hold a very special place in our hearts at Oakwood Avenue. The sunflower design serves as a beacon of hope, reminding us that no matter what is happening the sun will come out tomorrow and brighter days are ahead.
$10 from every pair of Beccas sold will go to The Becca Chilinski Memorial Scholarship. We hope nature's beacon of hope can help you or someone you love look on the brighter side of life. Here comes the sun.
Here is a special message from Becca's Mom, Berni.
"Becca Chilinski was a beautiful free-spirit, a talented artist, and a self-proclaimed “Flower Child,” however she struggled with mental health issues for more than half of her 19 short years of life. She continually searched for reasons why she was so troubled, including seeking professional help.
Sadly, in the early morning hours of August 1, 2019, Becca lost her battle with mental illness and took her own life, leaving her family, friends, and even strangers, devastated. Becca's life and death will not be in vain! We are determined to help prevent this from happening to another teen or family.
Sunflowers remind our family of Becca, for a couple reasons:
First, as you can see in the picture of Becca and her sister, Jenna, I've never seen her happier. Notice the sunflower pants she is wearing. When I see sunflowers, I see Becca's smiling face.
Secondly, sunflowers represent a source strength, since they grow toward the sun, and when the sun isn't shining brightly, they turn to face other sunflowers. Our hope is that we reach out to others who are struggling with mental health, and teach them to stay strong, turn to others, and choose to live.
Our goal with The Becca Chilinski Memorial Scholarship is to reach out to teens who may be struggling with depression, anxiety or other mental health issues. Our plan is to work together with psychologists and others who specialize in teenage mental health and find ways to speak to middle school and high school students.
Art therapy may be one resource we are considering, since art was a big part of Becca's life. In addition to speaking to schools, we plan to award a scholarship to a deserving senior each year, for as long as our funds allow!
Please consider this worthy cause, knowing that every penny received will be used to reach out to teens and give them tools to help deal with the emotions they may be struggling with during these complex, and often difficult, years.
Thank you, Berni"
Total Drop Length: (without earring hook)
(chain can be shortened easily by request)
1 3/4 in
Width: 3/4 in
Length: 7/8 in
Chain: Stainless Steel (gold tone)
Earring Hook: Stainless Steel (gold tone)
These are hand beaded so they will not be perfect - minor flaws from uneven beads may occur. Slight color variation may occur. We do our best to color match but not all screens are calibrated the same.**