‘Hard Times’ Cast Member Caitlin Crosby Talks ‘The Giving Keys’

Photo: Caitlin Crosby, from MTV's "The Hard Times of RJ Berger," shows off her Giving Keys line. (MTV)

Let’s face it–Caitlin Crosby’s got a rad life. She’s not only playing the hottie tutor on “RJ Berger,” she’s also got a pretty successful singing career under her young belt. But good things come to good people, and with her latest creation, The Giving Keys, Crosby’s doing a whole lotta, well, GREAT.

The story behind The Giving Keys is an inspiring one. After Crosby received multiple compliments for a key that dangled at the end of her necklace, the actress decided to give one away to her friend, engraving it with the word “love.” Then, she decided that by engraving more one-of-a-kind keys with words of empowerment (“vision,” “hope,” “strength,” “courage,” etc.), friends could share or pass on the trinkets to those who needed the particular message the most. Paying forward positivity, if you will.

But the sale of each $30 key necklace doesn’t just benefit a friend,  it directly benefits Tom and Cera, a once homeless couple who now engrave every key. Crosby’s ultimate hope is that enough people buy The Giving Keys so that she can help even more homeless youth get back on their feet while learning a trade at the same time. In short, her goal is to spread her own message of hope…and she’s documenting all of it!

Once you pass on a key to someone in need of the message, Crosby has created a forum at TheGivingKeys.com where you can share that story. Stories of friends inspiring or encouraging friends to be the best that they can be populate the page, and there are so many more moments left to share. Head over to The Giving Keys website to choose your eight-letter message and choice of necklace, and pay hope forward…one key at time.

Tune in this Monday, May 30 at 10/9c for the season finale of “The Hard Times Of RJ Berger.”

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