I’m a huge fan of decorating my house for every holiday…even the small ones. Maybe it’s the teacher in me and all the years spent decorating my classroom. With the change of the season comes the change in the decorations in my house. I have pastels that come out in Easter time, hearts that don the walls for Valentine’s, and don’t even get me started on the boxes and boxes of Christmas decorations that I own!
One of my favorite times to decorate is Thanksgiving. The colors alone during this time of year are so “homey” and comfortable. I also have quite a few pieces that easily transition between Thanksgiving and Christmas. My newest favorite of these items is my Metal Waves Textured Tray from the Heart of Haiti Collection sold at Macy’s.
The Heart of Haiti initiative provides some of the first sustainable work after the devastating January 2010 earthquake. This partnership is enabling Haitians to make a living and support their families with dignity and purpose. Macy’s and Full Circle Exchange have partnered to empower artisans and their communities to overcome poverty through special design partnerships, business training, education, health care and sustainable economic opportunities. Their Fair Trade Collection of handcrafted products makes change a possibility by helping to break the cycle of poverty.
What better way to decorate your home and table than with items that give back to those less fortunate AND are beautiful all by themselves? Macy’s Heart of Haiti and Rwanda Path to Peace collections feature items that are perfect for any holiday décor. Like candlesticks to light the center of your table, serving trays to present your main dish, or hand woven Rwanda baskets to break bread with those you love.
STEADY INCOME & IMPROVEMENTS
Artisans receive half the wholesale price for each item in the collection, a steady income that allows them to repair homes, pay school fees and feed and clothe their children. In communities lacking secure, sanitary conditions and funding to support economic relief, it means better access to healthcare and nutrition, plus improved education.
Heart of Haiti also offers new opportunities for artists to collaborate with U.S. designers, strengthening artisan associations and inspiring and energizing their communities. Men and women are working together, gaining confidence and hope for the future. Master artisans who planned to leave the country now stay behind to train the next generation. The rich tradition of Haitian art lives on because of this committed partnership.
While you are shopping for gifts for your loved ones this year, consider these beautiful handmade items from the Heart of Haiti and Rwanda Path to Peace collections from Macy’s. After all, there’s no better gift than a gift that gives back and being mindful and charitable while crossing off items on your holiday shopping list is a great feeling!