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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Heart of Haiti Review and Giveaway!

We all know the terrible event that happened in 2010 in Haiti. The 2010 earthquake caused widespread devastation and destroyed so many lives. Now we can all help through the Macy's Heart of Haiti campaign! This year Macy's is inviting everyone to "Give Your Heart to Haiti this Valentine's Day" promotion taking place Sunday, Feb. 12 through Saturday, Feb. 18.

The Macy's Heart of Haiti program is helping to support the families rebuilding their lives after the 2010 earthquake by offering Haitian artisans the opportunity to sell their wares.


About the 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.

The collection features more than 40 home decor items including quilts, metalwork, ceramics, and paintings. Accessories include vases, candleholders, serving trays, picture frames, mirrors, coasters, necklaces, clutch purses and more. The collection is made almost entirely from recycled and sustainable items such as old cement bags, cardboard, oil drums and local gommier wood. Most items fall in the range from $25-$60.


I was given the opportunity to review a few of the Heart of Haiti items. I received a beautiful Heart of Haiti Goddess Heart pendant and a Heart of Haiti Pot Holder and Oven Mitt.

The pendant is handcrafted in steel cut from recycled barrels and embodies the unparalleled creativity of Haiti's master artisans. It is handcrafted in Haiti, signed by the artisan and includes a Certificate of Authenticity and "Follow Your Heart" gift card. It is beautiful and goes with any outfit.

The Oven Mitt and Potholder are hand quilted and also handcrafted in Haiti. They are cotton/polyester, machine washable, are signed by the artisan and include a Certificate of Authenticity. I truly love these items. They are so beautiful and practical. I am buying my mother a pair for these for Mother's Day. I also love that they are handmade and that every product in the collection helps the people of Haiti rebuild their lives.

The collection has so many beautiful pieces. Besides the pendant and kitchen items, you can find decorative items, candle holders, vases, frames and beautiful wood products. I am eyeing the Heart of Haiti Serveware collection! I think this is going on my Christmas list!

These are beautiful products and would make great gifts. When you buy these products, you are also helping the people of Haiti by giving them a hand up and not a hand-out. Heart of Haiti products are available exclusively at 25 Macy's stores around the country and on Macy's.com.

To celebrate the "Give Your Heart to Haiti this Valentine's Day" promotion, I have a beautiful Heart of Haiti Goddess Heart pendant for one lucky reader!! Just enter on the Rafflecopter widget! Good Luck!



a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: I received a sample product for review purposes by the Everywhere. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product. Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes unless otherwise stated. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.

87 comments:

  1. I'm spending Valentine's Day working!!! We went out to eat this week, so I'm guessing that was my special day out, lol. holymoleynicoley at aol dot com

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  2. I'll be spending my Valentine's Day at school and doing homework

    cc_girly@yahoo.com

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  3. Cooking dinner w/my husband at home! Maija pinkmaija (at) yahoo.com

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  4. I will be going to the movies with friends.

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  5. I will be working that day, and I will probably hang out with my husband and don that night at home.

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  6. My husband and I will probably go out for dinner and spend the rest of the day at home. joycemlinek1 at yahoo dot com

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  7. I will be hanging out with my husband and my son at home.

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  8. i'm going to help Valentine's party at my children's school.

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  9. Valentine's Day is hit or miss with me most years! This year I'm lucky enough to be in the "hit" category. Thank you so much for posting about Heart of Haiti this Valentine's Day. I work with Everywhere for Heart of Haiti and for Valentine's day instead of flowers or chocolates, I'd rather a gift that gives back.

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  10. We're staying in as usual! I would love to win this and give it to a great friend who is a nurse that went to Haiti to volunteer after the earthquake.

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  11. We're staying in as usual! I would love to win this and give it to a great friend who is a nurse that went to Haiti to volunteer after the earthquake.

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  12. I'll be working with my husband!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  13. going to the movies and having dinner with my hubby and twin boys

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  14. Hubby sent me flowers at work and tonight he cooked me a fabulous dinner and desert.
    fatmeatloaf1 at gmail dot com

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  15. went to suwbay... dropped of 2 rose for my mom and than had early birthday cake with my parents and some of there friends who were visiting.... mom b day is the15th

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  16. I had to spend my Valentine's Day at work :(
    Danielle
    ddhavens@yahoo.com

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  17. take out and a free redbox movie

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  18. Had a nice dinner at home
    kitkat 234 at gmail dot com

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  19. we made dinner together and watched a movie :)

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  20. A quiet night at home..

    tannerboyle12@hotmail.com

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  21. I made dinner for myself and watched the new Twilight movie while eating chocolates. Sounds like fun, right?


    hook6475 at yahoo .com

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  22. I spent V-day just hanging out and watching TV. I always take it off work since its so darn depressing otherwise.

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  23. Just a quiet evening at home with my wife.
    russrpm@gmail.com

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  24. Had a quiet evening since it is past.

    slb3334@gmail.com

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  25. The hubbie and I spent a nice quiet nite at home.

    nickieisis3 at gmail (dot) com

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  26. I spent Valentine's Day relaxing and watching TV with boyfriend

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  27. We went out to dinner.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  28. We with out to dinner for Valentine's Day. I want to thank you for this awesome sweep and hope to win :) corrysue@yahoo.com

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  29. I had a pit party on VDAy. Ugh.
    elysesw@aol.com

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  30. We had a nice quiet evening at home with the family

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  31. Christina - xristya@rock.com - Dinner and afterwards a musical event at our local Turner Hall!

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  32. I stayed home, not a good time to be single.

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  33. We went to dinner as a family.
    dolniaks at consolidated dot net

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  34. I spent my valentines day having surgery. My wife did post op care though.

    sweepsking35 at yahoodotcom

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  35. we went out for dinner and dancing and of course romance later
    mverno@roadrunner.com

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  36. I spent Valentine's Day this year having dinner at our favorite Indian restaurant and going to see "The Artist." Thanks!

    Geoff K
    gkaufmanss@yahoo.com

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  37. It was dinner and a movie with the boyfriend. We had a good time.

    lanemahnke@yahoo.com

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  38. I spent Valentines Day celebrating my husband's birthday and being thankful for my family all around me :)

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  39. We went out to dinner and a movie

    Hotsnotty2@hotmail.com

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  40. For Valentine's Day I went out for dinner with my husband. wgbc1446[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  41. I spent it with my wife

    dhealey123@yahoo.com

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  42. My husband and I went to an Egyptian art exhibit at a local museum, went out to lunch, and then went to the movies (all on the Saturday before Vday). On Vday we just went out for a nice dinner.

    the imagine tree at aol dot com

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  43. I did not have any plans on valentine's day

    cranky30[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  44. I stayed home with the kids lezanac2@yahoo.com

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  45. I spent valentines by myself with a pint of ice cream! lol

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  46. alone but my son might be here

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  47. I spent mine at work

    kannw79 at gmail dot com

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  48. my husband and I stayed home and watched a movie together and had a nice dinner.

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  49. my husband and I stayed home and watched a movie together and had a nice dinner.

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  50. I love the horn 4"x6" frame.

    kdailey at students dot kaskaskia dot edu

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  51. I LOVE the Heart of Haiti Bowl, Large Birds of Paradise!
    kitty32504 at cox dot net

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  52. i like the Heart of Haiti Candle Holder, Birds Pillar

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  53. I like the Heart of Haiti Vase, Oval
    shawnac68@hotmail.com

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  54. I like the Heart of Haiti paperweight

    mosaic317 at gmail dot com
    Claire McKeon (Mosaic317)

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  55. I love the Heart of Haiti Bowl, Metal Coral Large

    morganowl28 at gmail dot com

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  56. I like the Heart of Haiti Wall Hook, Metal Breadfruit

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  57. Heart of Haiti Vase, Charlotte 1
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

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  58. I like the Heart of Haiti Vase collection. So pretty!

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  59. Heart of Haiti Picture Frame, Songbird
    thanks rochelle johnson
    traceyj40@sbcglobal.net

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  60. I really really like the Heart of Haiti Figurine, Angel Tree Topper

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  61. I like the Heart of Haiti Vase, Medium Teardrop

    ltlbit1 at hotmail dot com

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  62. After visiting the site I also like the Heart of Haiti Necklace, Bird Pendant.

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  63. I like the Heart of Haiti Standing Jewelry Tree

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  64. I love the Heart of Haiti Jewelry Hanger, Birds in a Breadfruit Tree. The baskets are beautiful too.

    Kimberley Meier
    momof3chaos at gmail dot com

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  65. I like the Heart of Haiti Figurine, Angel Tree Topper. (Corey Olomon)(olomon@hotmail.com)

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  66. I like the leaf nesting trays.


    Desiree Dunbar
    desireedunbar@hotmail.com

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  67. heart of haiti paperweight ty.
    vivianbl@olg.com

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  68. I like the Heart of Haiti Home Decor, Boudoir Metal Collection

    conestscott33@gmail.com

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  69. I like the Heart of Haiti wood bowl set. This would be great for serving salads.

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  70. Heart of Haiti Vase collection looks fantastic.

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  71. We just watched movies

    Kendraco22@ yahoo.com

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  72. i like the grinning monster sculptures

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  73. I like the vase collection and pic frames. Very cool.

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  74. I like the Heart of Haiti Mirror, Palm Leaf

    daveshir2005@yahoo.com

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  75. I like the Heart of Haiti Vase, Oval. garrettsambo@windstream.net

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  76. Thanks for the giveaway...we like the Heart of Haiti Candle Holder, Birds Pillar

    senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

    Brian E.

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