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.
"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.
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)|
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.