Heart of Haiti from Macy’s Stores

Some of you may remember the tragic event that occurred in Haiti a couple of years ago. An estimated three million people were affected by a massive earthquake. The Haitian government reported that an estimated 316,000 people had died, 300,000 had been injured and 1,000,000 were made homeless (source).

Even after two years, the country still struggles to rebuild it’s self.

To continue to help the people of Haiti, Macy’s has a line of products called Heart of Haiti.

Macy’s Heart of Haiti collection helps Haitian families rebuild their lives after the 2010 earthquake using some of the most unlikely materials to create metalwork, ceramics, quilts, paintings, jewelry and other home decor items and accessories.

From raw materials such as recycled oil drums and wrought iron to papier-mâché and stone, each item is handmade by a Haitian master artisan. By creating art that reflects their rich culture and history, artisans have a sustaining income to provide nutrition, education and health care for their families. The Heart of Haiti collection has led to employment of 750 artists in Haiti providing financial benefits for an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 people in the country.

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and despite the devastating earthquake, people there are filled with hope and a desire to improve their lives through employment. Options are very limited in this country. 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. It provides artists with an opportunity to make a living feed their families and pay their children’s school fees. School in Haiti is not free.

Macy’s sent me two pieces of jewelery from their Heart of Haiti collection. The Heart of Haiti Heart of the Goddess Pendant and the Heart of Haiti Horn Warrior Bracelet.

Both have a very unique style, and like every piece in the pendant collection, each piece is made with metal recycled from oil drums. These one-of-a-kind pendants are handcrafted with textured detail for a look of rustic beauty.

Whether you are looking for a gift for yourself or someone else, when you purchase an item from the Heart of Haiti collection, you are helping to provide for the families in Haiti. All artists receive half of the wholesale price from each piece.

What other reason do you need to shop this collection?

Besides jewelery, the collection features more than 40 home decor items including quilts, metalwork, ceramics, and paintings. Accessories include vases, candle holders, serving trays, picture frames, mirrors, coasters, necklaces, clutch purses and more.

Every piece in this collection is made almost entirely from recycled and sustainable items such as old cement bags, cardboard, oil drums & local gommier wood. Plus, each item your purchase is signed by the artisan and includes a Certificate of Authenticity.

Heart of Haiti products are available exclusively at Macy’s stores around the country and on Macy’s.com.

In honor of showing our love this Valentine’s Day, one reader will win a Heart of Haiti, Heart of the Goddess Pendant. Enter to win below!


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I received the products mentioned above to help facilitate my review of Heart of Haiti. No other compensation was received and opinion are my own.

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In 2010, Hanan went from talking about her parenting ups & downs on private forums to discussing them with literally everyone on the internet with her blog Eat.Craft.Parent - since then, she’s had the opportunity to talk about parenting, cooking, photography, marriage, crafts, faith, and so much more. She also shares her opinions on everyday products from food to baby gear, and everything in between. With four little girls all under seven, there is never a dull moment in their home. When she’s not blogging she’s chatting about parenting and life in general on Facebook and Twitter, or wasting way too much time on Pinterest.

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  1. amber says:

    We do something different each year. This year is very low key movie and dinner with all the kids and a special candy treat.
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  2. Monica says:

    My family is fairly new so we haven’t established a specific way to celebrate yet. This week we won’t see my husband until Friday so it’s me and my two boys (3 & 1) and we’re spending the day making cookies and heart crafts :)
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  3. KATIE KLEIN says:

    Being that Valentine’s is my hubbys bday we tend to not do anything in regards to valentines and try to focus more on his birthday!

  4. Thanks so much for posting about Heart of Haiti! It means a lot to us! Haiti appreciates the extra love! Hope you have an awesome Valentine’s Day! Sorry about all the exclamations, all this love is just too exciting! From, The Everywhere team

  5. charline says:

    We have dinner together
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  6. Michelle W says:

    We exchange cards and have a family dinner

  7. Shannon Baas says:

    We go out for pizza.

  8. vanessa says:

    such a great cause. I have one of these from a campaign I did last year.
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  9. Kristie says:

    I am engaged and this year we are getting married on the 18th so we will be creating new Valentines traditions.

  10. Alissa says:

    We have a special treat with the kids after dinner, make heart crafts and read Valentine-themed books for bedtime.
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  11. renee walters says:

    We have dinner together! Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
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  12. Kim Henrichs says:

    Since my mom passed, we really don’t do much for the day anymore. Although I make cards for my friends.

  13. Lori Hart says:

    We usually spend it quietly at home. Last night we grilled up a couple of steaks and just hung out. He travels a lot for work so I take any opportunity I can to just be with him
    Lori Hart recent post: Knorr Homestyle Chicken Stock Review

  14. Shelly Peterson says:

    My older kids spend Valentines with there significant others, me and the younger kids just spend the day at home. Sometimes me and my single friends go to dinner.

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  15. Dara Nix says:

    We usually go out for a nice quiet dinner – but sometimes the S.O. has something surprising up his sleeve!

  16. Monique Rizzo says:

    We make a fancy candle lit dinner, and I give my daughter a valentine’s box of goodies.
    Thanks for the chance.
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  17. Lolo says:

    A fun family dinner together!

  18. Rebecca Graham says:

    We go out to dinner.

  19. Geoff K says:

    We celebrate by going out to our favorite Italian restaurant and coming home to watch a few of our favorite sappy romantic comedy movies and pig out on chocolate!

  20. john mains says:

    we celevbrate with strawberry pie

  21. carey says:

    I am single so I went to work, worked out, then enjoyed a nice relaxing night at home

  22. JoAnn F. says:

    a quiet dinner
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  23. tamar says:

    with good food and lots of cuddling

  24. Erika P. says:

    We exchange gifts, give each other cards and plenty of candy on Valentine’s day.

  25. Russell Moore says:

    A quiet dinner at home with my wife, then we watch her favorite movie. “Breakfast at Tiffanys”

  26. Lucy Schwartz says:

    Very Traditional , candy and/ or flowers.

  27. john hutchens says:

    my family rents a good movie, orders dinner and spends time together

  28. Angel Collins says:

    We used to celebrate it when the day is at exactly sunday so both of us are free.
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  29. Susan Ladd says:

    On Valentine’s Day we just go out for dinner we do not celebrate it any other way. I want to thank you for this awesome sweep and hope to win :)

  30. elven johnson says:

    Cupcakes!!!!

  31. Joy Newlan says:

    This year my hubby made a wonderful dinner and brought home some wonderfully smelling flowers.

  32. paige chandler says:

    I make a heart shaped pizza for the kids.

  33. Christy Weller says:

    We keep Valentine’s Day, simple. We make strawberry cupcakes and have a nice family dinner.

    cweller75@gmail.com

  34. Ross Hassel says:

    We have a heart shaped pizza dinner.

  35. Heather S says:

    dinner and a movie

  36. Jen R says:

    We get goodies for the kids and then have a nice dinner, cooked by both of us, after the kids go to their rooms for the night.

    reejen5 at gmail dot com

  37. Kelly Britton says:

    We have a nice dinner together as a family.

  38. shawna says:

    We usually have a nice dinner.

  39. Kayla says:

    We all go out for a nice dinner.

  40. Vee says:

    Homemade valentines…it’s sweet

  41. Desiree Dunbar says:

    Yes we celebrate Valentines Day.

  42. melanie dauterive says:

    We just stay close and watch tv

  43. Junior P says:

    we buy each other gifts to show our love

  44. Vicki D. says:

    We just have a nice family meal at home.

  45. Kat Emerick says:

    We exchange cards.

  46. Michelle Tucker says:

    Well this year we celebrated it in bed with 100’s of kleenex, nyquil and coughs.
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  47. kathy pease says:

    we do not celebrate valentines day because our daughter died on that day in 2004

  48. Coriander Warren says:

    we usually celebrate it the day after as my husband and I were married on the 15th—but we usually go out to dinner and a movie

  49. Nicole C. says:

    We usually just get each other candy and cards!

  50. sleppery says:

    flowers for me, quiet for hubby. candy for kids, dinner for everyone :)

  51. Laurie Emerson says:

    With my husband still overseas, this year I was the one who made the homemade Valentine Cupcakes and homemade Valentines. I had a nice quiet dinner with my 7 month old and 3 year old and we were able to talk to my husband via webcam so it turned to be a great day and night.

  52. Dede says:

    We celebrate by giving each other a small gift (usually non-candy).
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  53. angela cash says:

    We celebrate Valentine’s Day by making homemade cards for each other.

  54. Sand says:

    We celebrated this year with pizza and cupcakes.

  55. Leah Shumack says:

    My daughter gets everything hearts…pancakes hearts for dinner, I bought myself flowers and we shared some chocolates

  56. shirley pebbles says:

    We make valentines cards for each other and cook dinner together.

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  57. Marcy Strahan says:

    We cook cookies & treat watched movies & gave each other cards

  58. brian e. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway…I ALWAYS take my wife out for lunch or dinner on Valentine’s Day.
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