By Ron Matz

A unique store has just opened in Mt. Washington, where customers can do their holiday shopping while at the same time helping the hungry in Baltimore.

Ron Matz has more on a young jewelry designer who’s also helping others.

Amber Royal sells vintage and handcrafted jewelry. Her store Royal Things has just opened near Pepe’s in Mt. Washington. The store has a great selection of holiday gifts where profits help the hungry.

Royal has already donated 52 meal bags to the Bea Gaddy Foundation.

“The one thing I have really been interested in and wanting to help is hunger relief. And so for each item that is purchased, one meal bag will be given to an individual or family in need through the Bea Gaddy Foundation,” said Royal.

Her jewelry is beautiful and the items are one of a kind.

“I make a lot of my jewelry out of vintage components. There are also contemporary ones. I put different kinds of combinations together–crystal, glass, stone and some metals and different things that are vintage inspired, but have a little of an artistic flair to them,” said Royal.

There are purses, hats, ties and a lot more. The store is open just for December, but she promises to help the hungry long after the holidays are over.

“I know this is kind of a cliché, but it makes me feel thankful for what I have. I just feel really blessed that I’m able to help other people,” said Royal.

Royal, 22, is a University of Virginia graduate, styling to end hunger and reaching out to those in need.

“There are so many people in the United States that are undernourished. It’s incredible, especially the amount of children. We have so many people in need of food,” said Royal.

Royal is a Mt. Washington resident and also a graduate of Bryn Mawr School.

For more information on how you can purchase her jewelry, click here.

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