Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Give your heart for the Holidays and a great cause..

The turkeys have been stuffed, the cranberries shared and the Black Friday sales past. So begins the shopping season for another holiday season.
When I was a child the holidays were so exciting, so electric, so magical.. as I entered my 20's the holidays gained a new perspective, a new special meaning, a new magic.. yet as the years have passed and the older I become the less I like the holidays.. They have turned from magical to a pressurized, commercialized event.
The search from store to store to store to find the "perfect" gift for each person on my list at a price that I can afford on our minimal income is one of which I dread. The more I search, the less I enjoy the holidays.. I always feel lost, like I'm being pressured to buy a bunch of stupid, plastic crap that in a couple weeks after the holidays will either be already broken or my kids will no longer want. Not to mention buying & exchanging gifts w/ the rest of my family. "Oh I couldn't figure out what you wanted to so I bought you this. I know you have no where to put & probably really didn't want it, but I HAD to buy you SOMETHING".. The whole process is any thing but fun and is certainly NOT magical.
However what if instead of stressing out over the presents this year or giving sweater sets & gift cards you could give a gift that was handmade and one of a kind? One that meant as much to the person receiving it as it did to the person who created it?
We all remember the devastating hurricane that destroyed the island of Haiti, devastating her people. Though the hurricane is long gone, the people there are still trying to put the pieces of their lives back together. Yet, Heart of Haiti is helping to rebuild Haiti through "Trade, Not Aid." In other words, Heart of Haiti is using commerce and culture to create social change.

The Heart of Haiti is an array of handmade products for the home -- quilts, metalwork, ceramics, and paintings -- created by Haitian artisans. Each item is designed by a Haitian master artisan and produced by hand in Haiti from recycled materials. It is through the sale of Heart of Haiti products, artisans are able to earn life-changing income for themselves, their families, and their communities. The initiative is enabling artisans to repair homes, pay school fees, and feed and clothe their families. The income also allows them to have access to better nutrition, improved education and healthcare. Instead of providing one-time funding through charity, Heart of Haiti is creating opportunities for Haitian artisans to earn income with dignity by creating jobs and income for the people of Haiti.

The Heart of Haiti collection has already led to employment of 350 artists in Haiti and has provided some financial benefits for an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 people in the country.
With most items falling in the $25-$60 range, there are items that can fit anyone's budget. One of those special items is the Heart of Haiti Pendant, Heart of the Goddess made from recycled drums.. the pendent is only $10 and is a great way to give a little piece of your heart while helping out others.

You maybe wondering why I'm blogging about this?? Well you see Macy's is gifting 100 Mom Bloggers Club members a Heart of Haiti (@HeartofHaiti) handcrafted pendant made from

recycled drums for spreading the word about their initiative to help rebuild Haiti through trade.

Then I started checking out the website & I thought what a great cause & way to find presents for my hard to buy for family. So this is something I just had to blog about.. to help spread the word & to offer this as a great alternative to searching aimlessly in the mall for who knows what. So if you are looking for something unique & a way to give back while still giving cool gifts to the people on your list then you should definitely check out the Heart of Haiti collection offered by Macy's .

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