Outer Banks Mom: Little Beach, Big Heart

By on August 10, 2018

Much like a car accident or a home fire, we never prepare for our livelihood to fall out from under us. So when the electricity was cut from our southern communities, it truly burdened many of our neighbors. When a local shop caught fire mid-summer forcing a renovation behind closed doors, our hearts grow heavy knowing that it affects so many lives and families.

While many places can recover from missing weeks of work, that time period factors differently here on the Outer Banks, where our window to earn a year’s pay is far shorter.

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The phrase “it takes a village” isn’t just something that people say around here. When we talk about this village, we know our neighbors have our backs and our children have bonus parents looking out for their best interests.

We’ve recently seen the way our community can come together in times of tragedy when bicycle helmet drives are rapidly put into place. We have seen an orange memorial put up, seemingly overnight at Lillian Street. We have an amazing mother in this community who is so mindful of others that she created The Little Red Mailbox to spread a little hope and love into the world.

This sandbar isn’t just a village, it’s a family for many of us.

When the Hatteras-Ocracoke blackout occurred last year, I sat in my air-conditioned home in my northern Outer Banks town, chugging away at work on my computer. I tapped the Facebook icon on my phone as I too often do, and began to see the posts from friends who were clearly in distress as the power hummed out of their homes.

As the days continued, the Facebook posts became more frequent and panicked. It was heartbreaking to hear their stress over lost income. I know I am not the only person who desperately wanted to fix it for them or at least, provide a bit of relief. Short of offering up our guest room or running full speed to Hatteras to help, we were at a loss.

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We have a steady flow of circumstances that remind us just how small our sandbar is. From tragedies like home fires, severe illnesses and car accidents, the folks who might need us aren’t as few and far between as we might think.

Fortunately, we have amazing charitable organizations like the Outer Banks Relief Foundation. I wanted to do something to add to their funds in a way that can remind us all that our neighbors really do need us and someday, we might need them.

Thus, began a project that stems from the Hatteras-Ocracoke blackout and I am honored to share it with you today.

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Introducing Little Beach Big Heart. This product line with hand-lettered tank tops, koozies, stickers and beach bags aims at giving back to local Outer Banks moms through the Outer Banks Relief Foundation.

The profits from will go to the Foundation, where they can help local moms in an emergency situations, as a hand up and not a handout.

It is my hope that when we see a friend wearing a shirt or a car pass us by with a Little Beach Big Heart sticker, we will all be reminded that this beach may be small, but we pack a powerful heartbeat! These products can be seen on our online store.

This project wouldn’t have been possible without Mandy at Heart of Harlow for donating her incredible hand lettering for a one-of-a-kind product! We’re adding new products left and right with the mens line coming soon, so check it out and let us know what you think in the comments!

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