On Cape Cod, sea shells have historically been used as decorative pieces, but the Harvest of Barnstable has taken that concept a step further by putting one of theirs to good use.
Starting on April 1, the Yarmouthport-based store is selling an angel, made entirely out of sea shells with a pink bow around the neck and a faux pearl in the center, with 50 percent of the proceeds from the piece going to benefit Housing Assistance Corporation’s Angel House shelter in Hyannis.
The sea shell angel is priced at $11.95 and can be used as an ornament for a Christmas tree or could be displayed the entire year on a window pane or a wall in any room of the house.
The angel also makes for a perfect Mother’s Day gift; the holiday falls on Sunday, May 11 which happens to be the same day the Harvest of Barnstable’s fundraiser ends.
In addition, five percent of all sales generated on Harvest of Barnstable’s website will benefit Angel House which provides temporary shelter to homeless women, who are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, and their children.
Store owner Pamela Parker said she was compelled to participate in the fundraiser based upon the work done at Angel House and the need for these services on Cape Cod. “I am passionate about families because I was fortunate to grow up with a strong support system,” she said. “What you are doing is helping young mothers build that family structure and family unit. If you can build the mother back up and give shelter to her while she is going through crisis, both she and her children will benefit. And you are not just taking care of this one little problem, you are helping to prevent this from happening to their children in the future.”