The most dismal of years for so many people. For sisters Caryn Chow and Sheryl Chin, it was the worst of years for it brought the worst of fears. At a time when their mom, the great Loretta Chow (called “Mom” by so many of the sisters’ friends), was thriving and living life fully again after more than a decade of losing her husband, Covid-19 blew in and swept her to heaven on April 1st. The week before, Sheryl had stayed with Mom to care for her while Caryn herself was in another hospital struggling to recover from the virus. “The day we said goodbye to our beloved mom was the same day I was released from the hospital,” says Caryn. “I came home, got on my cellphone, and within an hour of FaceTiming me and my brother, she was gone. I remember watching my sister wiping our mother’s forehead, with her favorite Freddie Mercury songs playing in the background, as she took her last breath.”

It wasn’t until months later, after going through er belongings that the sisters discovered Mom’s bead collection. “Mom used to make these money balls fashioned from dollar bills and ribboned tassels for her friends and family. The money balls were then adorned with pretty beads.” Determined to put these beads to good use, the sisters took to making MaskLifts™ – beaded chain lanyard necklaces which easily attach to masks so you no longer have to dig for one in your pocket,

car or handbag.  Each necklace is handmade and one-of-a-kind. Because this pandemic is so surreal, we sometimes find ourselves walking out the door without a mask. But when it is hooked onto a chain and hanging by the door or otherwise visible, it’s much easier to be reminded and just so convenient!

The Bead Sisters collectively spend 6-8 hours per day making MaskLifts™. “It’s our way of memorializing Mom, and if we can help stop the spread of Covid-19 or perhaps save the life of one person … well then, our efforts will all be worth it.”

We are grateful to the doctors and nurses who have worked tirelessly in their efforts to help others and for this reason, for every 5 or more MaskLifts™ sold per customer, a necklace is donated to a health care worker.

To order online, please visit www.beadCAUSE.shop.

For direct inquiries, email beadsisters2020@gmail.com



Dr. Shellie Hipsky is the CEO of Inspiring Lives International, the President of the non-profit 501(c)(3) the Global Sisterhood, and the Editor-In-Chief of Inspiring Lives Magazine. She was deemed “Inspirational Woman of the Month” in Inspirational Woman Magazine and a “Luminary Author” for Inspire Me Today. She earned "Woman of Achievement," “Entrepreneur of the Year in Inspiration and Empowerment,” and “VIP Woman of the Year” and was also a 2015 National Professional Woman’s Association’s “Woman of the Year” and the "2013 Best Business Woman in Pittsburgh” by the Women’s Small Business Association. A former professor of the Global Perspective at the Ph.D. Level for over a decade, she is a proven expert on what she teaches and keynotes events around the globe. Her internationally best-selling Common Threads trilogy provides Inspiration, Empowerment, and Balance based on 100 amazing interviews from her Empowering Women Radio. Dr. Shellie’s latest book, illustrated by her 10-year-old daughter Alyssa, is Hopping off on a Business Trip: the first in her The World is Ours series for children. She is currently writing her 12th book, Woo Hoo! Brand You! through Morgan James Publishing. Dr. Shellie continues to share quality time with her family while helping to inspire the world!