Monday, May 5, 2014

Give the Gift of Hope When Purchasing Items from the Heart of Haiti Line at Macy's This Mother's Day for Mom

Disclosure: I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere has provided me with product from the Macy's Heart of Haiti collection as compensation for this post about OFEDA. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own. 




"This year to celebrate Mother’s Day we are supporting the women of OFEDA and Macy's Heart of Haiti. From now until June 1st, if you purchase an item from Macy’s Heart of Haiti, simply send us your receipt and EVERYWHERE will match your purchase with a donation to OFEDA, a cause they have come to know and love through their trips to Haiti.

When it comes to buying a gift for my mom for Mother's Day, I know just the place to look -- Macy's Heart of Haiti product line.  For the past few years, I have been surprising my mom with handcrafted picture frames, of which I will add a photo of the girls, or a necklace or bracelet, that she can wear to dress up any outfit, both casual and dressy.  Each and every time she unwraps the gift, she can't help but smile...not just because the piece is unique and beautifully, but because she knows that my purchase helps raise funds for families displaced by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. 


You are probably wondering, how are people still suffering from an earthquake that happened back in 2010?  Well, just look at what devastation Hurricane Katrina caused in 2005, and how families here are still picking up the pieces and working to rebuild.  The folks in Haiti don't have the necessary resources and man power like we have in the United States to rebuild and start over.  So, it will take longer for them to get back on their feet and move on from this devastating event.  And, that is where the families of Haiti come in.  


I have had the opportunity as a blogger to share posts since the launch of the Heart of Haiti line exclusive to Macy's over the years.  Each and every time I post about this initiative, I can't help but stop and think about these families, who work under extreme and oftentimes harsh weather conditions, to turn out beautiful pieces that you can purchase online at Macy's to enjoy or share as a gift.  If you have ever seen one of these handcrafted pieces up close, you can see the heart and soul that is put into creating each individual piece. I can't help but think about the artisans who make up this group of Haitian artisans, as Mother's Day grows near.  They are creating pieces for the Heart of Haiti line to help better themselves and provide a better life for their families.  

It is amazing what Haitian artisans are creating with raw materials, like wrought iron, recycled oil drums and stone, after this life-altering event that tore their villages apart back in 2010. Their artistic pieces embody their rich culture and history, and show their unwavering drive to rebuild in the face of tremendous adversity. Macy’s is offering everyone the opportunity to purchase some of these handcrafted pieces, which are sure to be treasured keepsakes for years to come, on their website. Proceeds continue to go towards providing life-saving support to those devastated by the 2010 earthquake. Not only are you doing your part, by helping these families, but you are able to pick up beautifully handcrafted, one-of-a kind pieces at reasonable prices that you can keep for yourself, or give as gifts.

Each of the artisan's stories are inspiring and their work is simply stunning, and would make for the perfect gift idea any time of year, including birthdays to housewarming and bridal showers.  My mom loves receiving these handcrafted gifts, and loves to show them off to family and friends, while sharing the story of these talented artisans in Haiti.  So, why not join me this Mother's Day in supporting a sustainable economy for Haitian artisans, and help them provide for their families.  




Just look at these unique handcrafted heart necklaces that would make for the perfect Mother's Day gift this year -- each one is only $18.97, that are available from the Heart of Haiti line at Macy's.com...





And, can you believe that these two necklaces from the Heart of Haiti line are only $9.99?




See, you don't have to spend a fortune to buy something nice that your mom with cherish for years to come, and love wearing on a daily basis.  And, these necklaces will let her wear your love around her neck, and remind her each day when she looks down at it, that you love her to the moon and back! :-)

And, here are just a few gift ideas from the Heart of Haiti home decor line, which would look great in any home...



I personally love this unique handcrafted jewelry tree, and ended up buying it to surprise my mom with this Mother's Day.  I can't wait to see her growing collection of Heart of Haiti jewelry organized and displaced on this recycled steel piece.

And, you can find wonderful gift under $50, including the following...




So, what are you waiting for? Head on over to Macy's and check out the Heart of Haiti section to find the perfect gift for your mom this Mother's Day, while also helping to support the artisans in Haiti and their families at the same time.

Don't forget to follow Heart of Haiti on Twitter, or by liking the Heart of Haiti Facebook page at http://facebook.com/HeartofHaiti, to stay up-to-date on sales, new product additions, or to simply show your support and love for this unique handcrafted product line exclusive to Macy's.


-- BUY NOW & SHOW YOUR SUPPORT --



Heart of Haiti products are available online at Macy’s.com. Here you will find jewelry, home decor and other special gift ideas all handmade for crafted artisans in Haiti.  Each item purchased will come beautifully wrapped and with a thank you note and inspiring story of the artisan, which makes the gift feel more personal, which I love. And, you will not have to worry about breaking to the bank when purchasing these handmade items. 

And, Mother's Day is a great opportunity to purchase these gifts that give back from Heart of Haiti line sold through macys.com/haiti.  By purchasing a Heart of Haiti product (on sale til 5/5) you can help support mother's in Haiti.

--OFEDA MATCHING GIFT INFORMATION--

Once you place your order at Macy's, which includes items from the Heart of Haiti product line for Mom this upcoming Mother's Day, make sure you send along a copy of your receipt to Lexi@EverywhereAgency.com and EVERYWHERE will match your purchase price of each item purchased (only Heart of Haiti) with a donation to the OFEDA.  How great is that!!! :-)

If you are sending your receipt via snail mail, please send to: Everywhere, 154 Krog Street Suite 130, Atlanta, GA 30307. 

Please share this gift matching campaign with friends and family who may still be looking for the perfect gift for Mother's Day.  

*Everywhere will support your efforts by directly donating to the OFEDA cause (Maximum donation of $1000).


More about the OFEDA Cause --

"Ranging in age from 18 to 82 years of age, first came together in June 2010, meeting for the first time under a tree in the tent camp they had been living in since the quake tore apart their lives.  Now 200 strong, the women of OFEDA are working together to support and encourage each other to live with hope and possibility.  By starting a business together, they hope to find a way out of the tent camps, reclaim their lives and continue to move forward with security and dignity.

They have resided in challenging conditions for four years, but are now facing displacement yet again.  Many of these women are mothers. By purchasing Heart of Haiti product you are helping to supporting a sustainable economy for Haitian artisans and helping mothers provide for their families."

To learn more about the OFEDA, including their cause and work, visit their website at: http://www.ofeda.com/.

Disclosure: I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere has provided me with product from the Macy's Heart of Haiti collection as compensation for this post about OFEDA. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own. 

3 comments:

  1. The jewelry is beautiful! I really like the two necklaces from the Heart of Haiti line. My mom would love them , too.

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  2. Wow this jewelry is so worth it! Price is so reasonable for such a beautiful created piece. I love the Heart of Haiti Jewelry, White & Brass Horn Bangle. Very pretty pieces, love the home décor stuff too!

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  3. This is such a wonderful project and one that I would love to support. I also think that the jewelry is very pretty and know my mom would love one of the necklaces.
    heather hgtempaddy@hotmail.com

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