Our world seems to be suffering at times, well, most of the time really. If you turn on the news you are slapped with a dose of reality that quickly makes you realize that the problems you might be facing are relatively small in comparison to others. With the recent attacks in Paris to the ones that happen in your own community, many of you may be wondering how do I respond. How do I give back? What can one person do?
Recovering from the devastation’s of this world takes time. It takes time, energy, and resources for a community or country to put the pieces back together. Remember back in January of 2010 when a devastating earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck Haiti, killing more than 160,000 and displacing close to 1.5 million people. Those in the Port-au-Prince or visiting are reminded as they walk around their capital there that is still so much to do. But don’t let that mark their fate. No! The people of Haiti are coming together and in recent years there has been a movement to continue to help these people through a unique way…gifts that give back!
As we begin preparations for the holiday season that is rapidly approaching I want to challenge you to buy gifts that actually give back. As many of you probably are aware of, there are many companies that are now giving a portion of their sales of an item back to areas in our world that need them. Whether it is a pair of shoes or clean drinking water, there is a movement in our world today that screams “we want to do more!” As you decide what to get this year, make your first stop at Macy’s for gift giving ideas. Macy’s sells unique hand made home décor items from artisans in Haiti. Macy’s Heart of Haiti has been in support of the Haitian artisans ever since the devastating earthquake hit this economically fragile nation over five years ago. Shortly after the earthquake, Macy’s began carrying this product line featuring an array of beautiful handmade goods crafted by artisans in Haiti. The country of Haiti, rich in the arts, has skilled artisans that make products that are unique and stand out. Haiti has an estimated 400,000 artisans (out of a 10M population) who rely solely on their handcrafted goods as a source of income. No other sector of employment even approaches such numbers. While other organizations have come and gone, Macy’s has remained in Haiti since shortly after the earthquake, deepening their commitment to this Trade not Aid initiative.
Presently the Macy’s Heart of Haiti line is only available at a few select Macy’s stores listed here: Herald Square, Downtown Brooklyn, Downtown DC’s Metro Center, Chicago’s State Street, San Francisco’s Union Park, Downtown Seattle, Dallas Gallaria, Downtown Portland (Ore), Atlanta’s Lenox Square, Dallas Galleria Mall, Miami Dadeland.
Recently I was sent this beautiful and stunning Heart of Haiti metal bowl made by Haitian artists. After much thought on how I was going to incorporate this into our dinner this week, it dawned on me that the beautiful bowl itself would be our center piece. When I think back to the meaning of Thanksgiving, I am reminded that this is a time to give thanks. I want to start a new tradition in my family since this will be the first year that we are all together again and in our home. Inside of the Heart of Haiti metal bowl I placed an assortment of memories from this year. Some are from our family while others are from events that have touched us in the world. My one question after each is how can I make a difference.
My hope is that we can talk about making a difference in people’s lives by doing the simplest of things each day. Whether it be leaving compliment cards around town as we shop, buying products that are specifically designed to give back, or paying it forward at the drive thru, I want my family to be aware of what it is we are giving thanks for each year and to give back.
Leaving a legacy for my family and teach them the importance of giving rather than receiving. After all my family has been blessed beyond measure in the area of receiving! Do I think they know what it means to give back–yes! I have taught my kids that it is better to give than receive and I am happy to say that they have done well with this. What I feel I have failed at is that I have not really lived that out! I need to be more of the giver and less of the “teacher.” I have spent my time teaching them what it means in words but not so much in action! So my resolution this year is to simply GIVE!
Shop Macy’s for a variety of Fair Trade Certified Products this holiday season.
While giving to others, you will be giving back!
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