Months ago we drove across town to meet new friends for dinner. As many of you know we made some big changes in our family this year including a new house, new town and new school for our kids. These new friends were part of these upcoming changes and we jumped at the chance to share a meal and learn more about their family. Fast forward to the present… our children have growing friendships and I’ve learned so much about the powerhouse mama who founded Light Shine Candles. Anna Reyes and her family work in community development initiatives and live in the Nashville area; they have also served in El Salvador. This is part of the driving force behind Lightshine… flexible work that creates space for serving the community. You can read more about the Light Shine story here.
So let’s talk about these candles. I’m very picky about the candles I use in my home. I look for non-gmo soy wax and cotton wicks. Did you know that most of the candles on the market use lead wicks?? Not a good thing to breathe in my friends. Not Light Shine… they use 100% non-GMO soy, no phthalates and no dyes. Their candles begin with a glass jar, a cotton wick and they are finished out with locally printed labels. And rumor has it Anna uses recycled packaging materials from friends as often as she can which reduces waste and overhead for her little company.
But really, it’s more than just delightfully scented gmo-free soy candles. There is a whole lot of give-back going on over at Light Shine. Customers who take part in the monthly subscription program (Shine Club!) can anticipate a wonderful assortment of candles each month while knowing that $5 of their monthly box subscription will support developing communities in El Salvador. Light Shine also gives Anna’s family freedom as they continue community development work with Global Outreach Developments International. Additionally, Anna offers fundraising opportunities for churches, adoptive families, community groups, schools… you name it. You can learn more about fundraising with Light Shine here.
I encourage you, especially during what I call peak candle season, to head over to Light Shine and feed your fall candle habit. It’s always sweet to add special touches to our homes while supporting strong moms who not only work hard for their families but support their communities both globally and locally. Women like Anna are living Proverbs 31… She seeks wool and flax and works with willing hands… she opens her hand to the poor and reaches out to the needy…She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.