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Heart of Haiti Collection – Gifts with Purpose

Macys Heart of Haiti - Gift Giving with Purpose


As the holidays approach, many of us are caught up thinking about hosting family and buying gifts. Do you also think about ways you can help those in need? I have a great suggestion for you. Support amazing artisans from Haiti with the Heart of Haiti program. You will get a lovely item for your home to show off during the holidays and help a family in need. Check out the Heart of Haiti Collection at Macy’s to get more information and to shop.

Did you know Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere? Despite the devastating earthquake; people there are still filled with hope and a desire to improve their lives through employment. Many Haitians identify themselves as artists. Creativity and the arts are strongly rooted in the community.

I first learned about this program at the Type-A Parent conference in Atlanta last month. They had a table showing off many of the lovely, one-of-a-kind items in the collection. I would have purchased more there if I had room in my suitcase.

Macys Heart of Haiti CollectionTo help spread the word, I was sent this lovely Giraffe statue. My kids love it so much I have to keep them from playing with it like it’s a toy. I’ve placed it as a good-luck idol in our dining room. There are so many great products to choose from at Macy’s to support this project.

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. “Trade not aid” is a powerful way to create sustainable work and much needed financial opportunities.

The Heart of Haiti initiative provides artists with an opportunity to make a living, feed their families, and pay their children’s school fees. Already, The Heart of Haiti collection has led to the employment of 750 artists in Haiti providing financial benefits for an estimated 5,000 people in the country. The campaign pays in excess of fair wage to the talented artisans who create the product, giving them the dignity of work and economic self-determination.

The collection features more than 40 home decor items including quilts, metalwork, ceramics, and paintings. The craftsmanship and technique behind these works of art, ranging from papier-mâché vases to hand cut metal frames & wall hangings, is truly remarkable.

Macys Heart of Haiti Collection

The collection is made almost entirely from recycled and sustainable items such as old cement bags, cardboard, oil drums, and local wood. Sharing a “gift that gives back” is a great way to raise awareness and celebrate artistry and regrowth.

As you think about your holiday celebrations and gift giving, I hope you will consider getting and/or giving a Heart of Haiti item. I know I will.

Comeback Momma Siggy


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  6. I am loving that black beaded necklace with the heart. Such a great cause too. I think many of my friends would prefer this kind of gift.

  7. What a great idea for the holidays!

  8. I love that Macy’s is a part of this campaign. The pieces are so diverse everyone can find something to buy and support such a major concern. I usually work at Macy’s during the holiday season although I am not this year, I am sure I will shop there. I hope I see this collection so I can support the cause too!

  9. That is beautiful, and so unique! I love gifts like this, where you know you’re getting something one of a kind! No two handcrafted items are ever the exact same.

  10. Cinny says:

    I love the item you got! It’s so cute!

  11. Cristine says:

    love these products – make great holiday gifts plus it raises awareness for a worthy cause

  12. Love this….thanks for sharing it with all of us. I will check it out in more detail. It’s important to support creative work.

  13. Jeannette says:

    These are amazingly cute items and I love giving that makes a difference!

  14. I LOVE Heart of Haiti stuff. It is really nice and a wonderful gift that really gives back.

  15. Marie says:

    It’s great that individual artists get such large scale exposure. Cool pieces.

  16. Jenna Wood says:

    I didn’t know the Heart of Haiti pieces were sold at Macy’s, I will have to keep an eye out next visit. I love the handmade factor and culture in each piece, as well as the philanthropic intent.

  17. Sue says:

    I had not heard of this before and just love the cute Giraffe and other one of a kind gift items.

  18. Patty says:

    What a wonderful idea – you get your shopping done with unique and beautiful gifts. And support is given to a country that truly needs it. I love that giraffe! Thanks for showing this to me.

  19. I’ve heard of these. They are very unique indeed!

  20. wow, they have some truly amazing hand crafted items! They are amazing artisans! I love the Heart of Haiti collection and would love to own a few pieces in my collection.

  21. Rosey says:

    I love that they’re made from sustainable items and they look great too!

  22. What a great program & I love when companies give back. That giraffe is adorable!

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