I met the fine people of the Everywhere Society this fall at Type-A Parent Conference. Their booth in the conference expo included a number of products from the Heart of Haiti line at Macy's that they support. As soon as I saw that they were planning an upcoming campaign supporting this effort I volunteered myself as a participant.
I learned that Macy's representatives made their way to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and realized that despite the devastation there were people there creating gorgeous pieces and art and these people belonged to an artist community that was itching to bring their products to the marketplace. Macy's was able to launch a product line at certain stores (I love that NYC and Brooklyn were among them!) and Macys.com. At this point, so many years into the program, Macy's has found their efforts supporting over 400 artists.
All you need is 30 seconds to watch this video and it will inspire you to make a purchase that gives back. My words can't take the place of the artisan herself explaining to you what these purchases mean to her and her family. Take a moment and watch.
Now, I'll be honest, I had my eye on the Blue Circles Papier Mache Vase I received to review and discuss immediately. It was gorgeous. It IS gorgeous. But this campaign is so important I would have done it regardless of what I had the chance to review.
This beautiful vase is hand-painted and includes a glass insert to guarantee functionality beyond it's beauty. I took a picture of the insert, but honestly you just need to look at the vase itself - because the insert is just a glass cylinder and the outside is where the true beauty is. Just look at it!
Along with this vase Heart of Haiti has so many more items that could suit your style and represent your generosity with a purchase. I've spotlighted a few of them for you below and the links are beneath the collage for easy research.
Heart of Haiti handmade coaster / Heart of Haiti handmade home decor / Heart of Haiti black and white home decor / Heart of Haiti handmade home decor / Heart of Haiti paper mache bowl / Heart of Haiti metal home decor / Heart of Haiti metal wall panel / Heart of Haiti blue home decor / Heart of Haiti bird candle holder / Heart of Haiti metal home decor / Heart of Haiti Bowl, 12" Cut Out Metal Bowl
Heart of Haiti also has some beautiful holiday decor for your home that you're going to want to check out immediately. Again, links for each item are below the collage.
Heart of Haiti bird home decor / Heart of Haiti paper mache ornament / Heart of Haiti green home decor / Heart of Haiti metal home decor / Heart of Haiti xmas tree ornament / Heart of Haiti metal home decor / Heart of Haiti metal ornament / Heart of Haiti holiday home decor / Heart of Haiti Gold Foil Metal Angel Votive Holder
I really can't decide which I want to buy, I think I am going to need to get the papier mache heart (the red one) and it's only $8.00! I also have my eye on the angel votive holder - because it's simply beautiful and I have a thing for angels in my holiday decor.
For details on how Heart of Haiti is supporting artisans and their communities you can head on over to the Macy's website. Macy's has other programs that support people across the globe and you can find products supporting those causes and Heart of Haiti on their Gifts that Give Hope page.
You can also find out more about Heart of Haiti by liking their Facebook page or following them on Twitter. Heart of Haiti is a beautiful choice if you're looking to do some good with your holiday shopping. I hope you'll consider some of these products as you plan your gifts for the holiday season or as you try to spice up your own decorations with something new this year!
* I am a member of the Everywhere Society and they provided me with this product for review. All thoughts and expressed opinions are my own. *