Bringing Haiti Home For The Holidays

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I am a member of Everywhere Society and I was provided with Heart of Haiti product for review. As usual, all opinions are my own. #BringHaitiHome

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Since the holiday season got into full swing and the Princess Fairy has been more focused on what the elf tells Santa Claus to bring her than anything else. Although I love spoiling her, I don’t want to raise a child who isn’t self-aware and conscious of the world around her. I’ve decided that it’s time for a little reality check by bringing Haiti home for the holidays.

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The Macy’s Heart of Haiti metal dove Christmas tree ornament is the perfect early Christmas gift for her. I’ve always loved doves as a child and white doves are symbolic of peace which to me is synonymous with happiness. The Heart of Haiti ornaments are handmade in Haiti by local artisans who hand-hammer and hand-paint them out of  steel oil drums that they chisel and sculpt to create these beautiful pieces. When we purchase ornaments from the Heart of Haiti collection at Macy’s we support Haitian artisans and their families, this is trade not aid which I love. Nothing more important than empowering artist to encourage and keep the culture alive. This is the thriving community of artisans that Macy’s discovered when they went to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. This is no surprise to me, I love Haitian art especially since culturally I can relate to the art as I am from the Caribbean. As a matter of fact, I’ve actually followed the Caribbean Crossroads Exhibit at all three museums it showed in New York City for the Haitian art. I’m also a big fan of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Edgar Brierre’s work. Currently, 500 Haitian artists are employed by Heart of Haiti and supporting them means you can support up to 3,000 people in their communities.

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I’ve already found a few videos about the earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12, 2010 when I was pregnant with the Princess Fairy. We’ll talk about how this natural disaster affected children like herself and how their lives were changed. I want her to understand that these are kids are just like her. My goal is also to build her awareness of how fortunate she and how vulnerable we all are to natural disasters. The fantastic thing about giving her this ornament is that every year when we take it out to decorate the Christmas tree she will be reminded of the Haitian people. My hope is that as she gets older and understands more that she will not just think of them but be moved to help not just Haitians but people in need here in her own city or in another foreign country.

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I’m giving it to her when I pick her up from school this afternoon but I made sure to wrap it up really nicely using chalkboard inspired gift paper that I used here to upcycle an old food can, bakers twine and candy cane.  If you want to see a video of how to wrap a gift like this, let me know in the comment section below.

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You can purchase the Metal Dove Ornament or other Gifts that give hope from Macy’s here. You can also follow Heart of Haiti on Twitter and Facebook for more updates.

Are you going to bring Haiti home for the holidays?