April 23, 2012

Share Your Heart with Heart of Haiti at Macy's

This Mother's Day, I'm working with Clever Girls in support of Macy's Heart of Haiti to shine a light on the "trade, not aid" program, which provides sustainable income to Haitian artisans struggling to rebuild their lives and support their families after the 2010 earthquake.

I've posted here before about the impressive and charitable retail programs at Macy's, specifically the Rwanda Path to Peace line of goods.  I'm pleased to be working again with a similar program from Macy's--the Heart of Haiti campaign.
What is Macy's Heart of Haiti?
"Heart of Haiti is a “Trade, Not Aid” initiative launched by artist and social entrepreneur, Willa Shalit, The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund and Macy’s. Already, Heart of Haiti has led to employment of 750 artists in Haiti, providing financial benefits for an estimated 8,500 people in the country.
Each item is a one-of-a-kind design and handmade by a Haitian master artisan raw materials such as recycled oil drums, wrought iron, papier-mâché and stone. The collection features more than 40 home decor items including quilts, metalwork, ceramics, jewelry and paintings and is made almost entirely from recycled and sustainable items such as old cement bags, cardboard, oil drums and local gommier wood. Heart of Haiti products are available online at Macy’s.com.
As part of this post, I also wanted to highlight a special mother in my life: my friend Shana.  For years, I had hoped for a best friend, and was often discouraged that my nomadic ways kept me from forging long-lasting ties with a best friend.  This changed when I met Shana.

We first met as co-workers and carpooling companions when we worked at a local museum.  It was kismet when we both became pregnant within the same year, then quit our jobs to become full-time mothers.  She has been a steadfast companion for me, both as someone to relate to as a parent, and as a non-judgmental confidant for all of my wacky ideas and frustrations about motherhood and other topics.
Shana and I with the kids at Halloween, 2011 (not a flattering shot of me, sadly)
I'm thankful to have someone in my life who I can share thoughts from my heart, no questions asked.  In appreciation, I gifted her with a Heart of Haiti Goddess necklace, of which I have a matching one (a less cheesy version of those "best friend" shared heart necklaces).

Thank you to Macy's Heart of Haiti for sponsoring my participation in this “Share Your Heart" promotion. I was selected for this sponsorship by Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own.

5 comments:

  1. That is so sweet! Best friends make life so much easier! I'm glad your matching pendant went to such a worthy owner. I've been working with Heart of Haiti for awhile and it makes you realize just how much we all have to be thankful for. Thanks for helping us share the message on this project and Rwanda Path to Peace!

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  2. I came home, put my kids to bed, put my heart on, and knit and watched "Felicity." Who am I to judge anybody?!? Thank you!

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  3. So sweet! I just love your blog! I am awarding you the Versatile Blog award! Stop by and pick it up!

    http://jill-createcraftlove.blogspot.com

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

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  4. I love that idea! And you know I love the sustainable artists' programs like Heart of Haiti.

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  5. Besties are sooo important when you are parenting! Thanks so much for you post. Everywhere appreciates you as do the artisans in Haiti!

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