I woke up this morning and it was November 24th (how did that happen?!). I woke up this morning and I realized that it’s the week of Thanksgiving. I woke up this morning and realized that Christmas is coming and it’s coming fast. I woke up this morning thankful.
I’m thankful because I’m lucky. I’m lucky to live in a place that isn’t stricken by disaster, a place that is generally safe. I’m lucky because the basic needs of my family are met. I am lucky and my guess is, if you’re sitting at home (or on your phone) reading this right now, so are you. Not everyone on this beautiful planet is fortunate enough to, by mere happenstance, be so lucky.
I woke up this morning thinking about how I can make a difference not only within my own community but also in the World. What can I do to enact positive change for others?
I woke up this morning with Haiti on my heart.
Heart of Haiti is a beautiful project that was started by Willa Shalit, a social entrepreneur, and the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund after the earthquake that left more than 250,000 Haitians dead and more than a million homeless in 2010. Their efforts, combined with Macy’s department stores, provide an income to the estimated 400,000 Haitian artisans who rely solely on their handcrafted items as a source of income for their families. Participants in the Heart of Haiti program are paid 50% of the wholesale price for each item, which can all be purchased at Macys.com (search for “Haiti”).
I recently had the distinct privilege (and I truly, genuinely mean it when I say it’s an absolute privilege to work with the Everywhere Society) to receive my very own handcrafted metal tray from a Haitian artisan in Croix-des-Bouquets (just outside Port-au-Prince).
Like many of the items available at Macy’s from Heart of Haiti, this metal tray is made from sustainable materials (recycled oil drums) and has been hammered, chiseled, and sculpted to create an amazing piece. The talented metal work of the Haitian artisans make for beautiful gifts for your loved ones this holiday season.
I made the decision about a year ago to be more intentional in my gift giving. I love when gifts have meaning and are impactful. The pieces that are available through the Heart of Haiti program provide that opportunity of enacting change and giving back with each gift that you purchase. When you employ just one artist with a sustainable income (through your purchase), the entire Haitian community benefits helping to rebuild this sector of Haiti’s fragile economy.
I truly believe that purchasing gifts that give hope for your loved ones is a simple way to enact a positive change in the World and I am so excited about the extensive line of beautiful pieces that are available right now at Macy’s. The best part about it is that many of my favorite items (hint, hint to my friends and family) are on SALE right now.
For additional information about how Heart of Haiti is helping the community through trade-not-aid, please visit this webpage.
*I am a member of the Everywhere Society and they provided me with this product for review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*