Yesterday we featured a video from U.S. actress and singer Caitlin Crosby‘s debut album Flawz, which came out in 2009. The album centered around a campaign to help people to embrace their flaws and to find common ground with others because of them. On her site,, you can upload photos and videos celebrating what makes you beautiful.

Lately, Crosby has turned her attention to a new initiative called The Giving Keys. The premise is this: you buy a $30 necklace with a key pendant that’s engraved with a custom word of your choice, like: faith, strength, hope or love – then you wear it until you find someone who who needs to hear that message and give it them. It’s all about paying it forward.

Proceeds go to charity, and now, Crosby has found a unique way to make that even more significant.

“I met this sweet homeless couple on Hollywood Blvd who have had a really tough life,” she writes on the site. “After falling in love with their hearts, and how hard they’re working to try and change their lives, I had an ‘Ah-Ha moment.’ I realized they were the missing link to The Giving Keys. So I asked them to be my business partners. After all, the whole concept is PAYING IT FORWARD.”

Proceeds from the purchase of the necklaces help keep Cera and Rob employed and off the streets. Once they complete transitional homes/counseling/school/shelter, Crosby plans to use the extra money to donate to the shelters and transitional homes that were most effective in supporting them.

Learn more, and purchase a necklace, and post your own story here.

And for a little more Help-Portrait fun, here’s a video from H-P founder Jeremy Cowart, H-P songwriter Andy Davis, and Caitlin Crosby recorded June 26, 2011 at the Historic Conoco Gas Station on Route 66. Enjoy!

“I Shall Be Released” by Davis, Crosby and Cowart from Jeremy Cowart on Vimeo.