Do you have a hard time coming up with just the right gift for your mom for Mother’s Day? It can get tricky being original AND thoughtful. Here’s an idea that not only will lift your mom’s spirit but the spirit of a total stranger too.
I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere provided me with product from the Macy’s Heart of Haiti line. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.
I’m sure you were just as saddened as me watching the news coverage coming out of Haiti on January12, 2010, when it was struck by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake.
An extremely poor country (70% of the people lived on less than $2.00 U.S. dollars a day), the earthquake devastated the region, killing 220,000, injuring over 300,000, and affecting over 3.5 million people. Hundreds of thousands of homes and schools were destroyed, water supplies were compromised, and cholera went rampant. At first, there were lots of donations going to the country but after three years, those donations have dropped off while the need to rebuild continues.
Enter Heart of Haiti, a “Trade, Not Aid” initiative launched by artist and social entrepreneur, Willa Shalit, TheClinton Bush Haiti Fund, and Macy’s. Through this program, hope and improvement for Haiti is being achieved through self-reliance and personal industry, not just by handouts. Haitian artists have been given an opportunity to improve their lives through employment, using their talents to create and sell over 40 different home decor items and jewlery. So far, 750 artists have been able to earn money to feed their families and pay their children’s school fees.
Sold exclusively on www.Macys.com/Haiti, the Heart of Haiti collection is made almost entirely from recycled and sustainable items such as old cement bags, cardboard, oil drums, and local gommier wood. Each piece comes with an explanation of the program and a certificate of authentication that confirms the purpose of this project.
Everywhere Society gave me a picture frame from the Heart of Haiti collection so that I could see firsthand the craftsmanship used. It is made of metal, gently shaped and carved. Both the color and design is modern and goes perfectly with my home décor.
A “gift that gives back.” That is what Heart of Haitiis all about. What a great idea for a Mother’s Day gift to someone who has given you so much.