Macy's Heart of Haiti ~ A Mother's Day Gift Supporting "Trade, Not Aid"


This Mother's Day, I'm working with Clever Girls in support of Macy's Heart of Haiti to shine a light on the "Trade, Not Aid" program, which provides sustainable income to Haitian artisans struggling to rebuild their lives and support their families after the 2010 earthquake.

Photo source:  Macy's

What is Macy’s Heart of Haiti? 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.   Already, Heart of Haiti has led to employment of 750 artists in Haiti, providing financial benefits for an estimated 8,500 people in the country. 

Photo source:  Macy's

Each item is a one-of-a-kind design and handmade by a Haitian master artisan from raw materials such as recycled oil drums, wrought iron, papier-mâché and stone. The collection features more than 40 home decor items including quilts, metalwork, ceramics, jewelry and paintings and is made almost entirely from recycled and sustainable items such as old cement bags, cardboard, oil drums and local gommier wood. Heart of Haiti products are available online at Macy’

Macy's sent me one Heart of Haiti Goddess Necklace to review and another to give away to a special person in my life.  Here's how I decided to whom I'd bestow the gift:

As a mother, it is important for me to teach generosity and philanthropy to my girls.  I keep the girls active in altruistic deeds for our community and for others around the world.  During the holidays, my girls take part in a coat drive and work at a local soup kitchen.  My eldest daughter volunteers her time at the Salvation Army helping to distribute toys.  The girls participate in beach clean-ups and have raised money for projects in developing countries and to promote conservation and preservation of endangered animals.  

That's my daughter pictured above.
This month, through their karate studio, the girls are raising money for St. Jude.  It's an annual activity and is part of "Martial Arts of St. Jude".  This year, one of the karate students was diagnosed with cancer, so the annual drive has taken on a more personal nature.  So, it is with the family and the mother of that child (and all the others at St. Jude) in mind that I'm raffling off the Heart of Haiti Goddess Necklace (and a $20 Macy's Gift Card) for a $1 donation to St. Jude.  100% of the proceeds will go to "Martial Arts for St. Jude".  I'll be using to draw a winner on May 19.

If you'd like a chance to win the gift card and necklace, you can enter HERE.

More info on the Heart of Haiti Campaign 


Thank you to Macy's Heart of Haiti for sponsoring my participation in this “Share Your Heart" promotion. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own.


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