Friday, October 3, 2008

Camille Bracelet

My best friend Emily has created this beautiful bracelet in memory of Camille. She is going to donate all the proceeds from the sale of this bracelet to the LDS Humanitarian Fund in memory of Camille.

The Humanitarian Fund is one of the charities to which we asked people to send donations in lieu of flowers. For those of you unfamiliar with this fund, may I tell you what I know about it.  Since 1985, the fund has given relief to 19 million people in 163 nations. Aid is given regardless of cultural or religious boundaries.

My parents have volunteered as humanitarian missionaries for this program, paying their own way to live half way around the world and administer this relief. They spent 18 months in Serbia. There they gave much needed relief to the refugees in Bosnia. They gave out clothing and supplies. In their 24 months in Kenya, they distributed NICU equipment, mosquito nets to prevent malaria, newborn kits, books for school children and they helped natives to build wells bringing fresh water to their villages.

Water is a major issue in Africa and so many women have to walk to the water hole, where the animals bathe and drink, to get the water for their family for the day. Women are killed by crocs hiding in the water. Children die from the illnesses they get from the bacteria in the water.

My parents had the villagers help build the wells and then the humanitarian fund paid for the machinery to pump the water up from the ground to bring fresh water. This gave the villagers a feeling of ownership in the well as they helped dig it. They are then taught to maintain and care for it. 

I know the money in the humanitarian fund is well used. I saw it first hand when I visited my parents in Africa for two weeks. I really appreciate all of you who have made donations to the fund. We have received many, many letters from LDS Philanthropies informing us of your donations and your messages of love.

On behalf of Camille, our family and all those that will be helped by those donations, I say THANK YOU.

So please go visit my friend Emily’s site and buy a Camille bracelet. The money will be going to a great cause in Camille’s name. Her website can be found at Go check it out and buy a bracelet for every little girl you know. 

In memory of Camille Kathleen Waite

April 19, 2007 - June 15, 2008

Blue Cats Eye beads as blue as Camille’s beautiful eyes.

Swarovski crystals sparkle like Camille’s personality and reflect the light she still brings into this world. 

Pearls as pure and white as her soul, too pure for this earth, fit for heaven. 

Hearts of love linking Camille together with her family beyond the grave in an unbroken chain of faith and love and covenants.

Child size: $22


s g said...

I just might have to get one of these for my Char for Christmas, they really are so beautiful, what a great idea from your friend. I love all the symbolism in the beads and that every time someone wears it, Camille will be thought of!

Nelson Family said...

I'm always so overcome with emotions when I read your posts! I would love to buy a Camille bracelet for my daughter's Christmas present. The symbols of each stone made me cry. Thanks again for always sharing and putting your heart out there for strangers to read! I'm always truely touched.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful bracelet. Can they be made in adult size as well? I would buy one for me and my daughter, but would need adult sizes. I bet I'm not the only adult who would snatch one (or two) up!

Thanks for always being inspirational, Stephanie. I can tell you live close to the Spirit.

April said...

In loving memory of your daughter I just ordered 3! I know they will make beautiful Christmas gifts, and I will share your story to the daughter's mother so that they can cherish there daughter's that much more.
thank you. said...

Hey everyone,

I have had a few requests for adult bracelets. I will work on that. Please email me at if you are interested in an adult bracelet. they will be a bit different but will hopefully have all the same meanings!
emily said...

Ok, it looks like i can do an adult bracelet practically the same as the child's. the beads will be a bit larger. the cost will be $27.

For those interested in either of the bracelets, please understand that i will wait a few days before placing the order for the beads. once they come in, i will make the bracelets as quickly as possible and get them shipped out to you. they will come with a card explaining the meaning.

So Blessed said...

I am glad to see that I can get one for me and my daughter. Stephanie thank you for reminding to love and live everyday as it might be the last. You are truely a blessing to many people.

Heidi said...

Oh, what a beautiful sentiment and beautiful bracelet.

Maggie May said...

really beautiful, a lovely gesture for Camille.

Noorda Notebook said...

that is so beautiful. props to emily!! great job!!

i'll have to purchase some for my nieces -- i'm not sure j would like me to put that on coop or brennan :)

Just me! said...

Oh I am so excited!! What an awesome idea. I will email adronmail to get an adult one. I only have boys but I would LOVE to have something that reminds me of Camille. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Hi, I found your blog from the Jackson family and I just wanted to let you know that your blog has really touched my life. I can only imagine the type of pain you are going through, yet your strength and choice to trust in our Heavenly Fathers plan is truly inspiring for the rest of us.