If you haven’t started thinking Thanksgiving decor yet, you’re behind the times. If you haven’t BEEN thinking about how you can support others at this time of year (and of course throughout) you’re just behind. There are so many ways to decorate with little touches like this Heart of Haiti Rwanda Path to Peace basket that I’m using. You’ve seen me post about the Macy’s Heart of Haiti campaign before, and I’m always in love with everything that is presented. I often stop by the area in Macy’s State Street to look at all of the work of the artisans. When Everywhere sent me a basket to feature in an upcoming Thanksgiving post, I jumped at the chance. While our family won’t be hosting Thanksgiving this year, like we normally do (we finally have a closing date – next week) we’ll be hosting Christmas, and this basket will fit right in with the decor – even BETTER! I love the intricate weave pattern, and I can appreciate it even more now that I’ve picked up knitting. I know it’s not the same, but still, work with me here. Also note that this is touted as a bread basket, but I’m a rebel, but you knew this already.
The Rwanda Path to Peace project was founded by Willa Shalit, a committed leader on the road to helping establish a hopeful future for Rwandan women. Shalit started the project in 2005, when she partnered with Macy’s to make the dream of recovery possible by selling woven baskets made by Rwandan women.
The women who have participated in this project are incredible and have found a way to restore hope and love among their communities and families with the sale of their baskets. They’ve gained respect among the men in their community and have been able to provide new clothes and food to their families and children because of the money they’ve raised.
These baskets are a symbol of strength and courage among the Rwandan women who weave them. Macy’s is devoted to assisting the women of Rwanda in creating a sustainable future.
I’m not sure if any of you have grandparents and parents like mine. Where whenever you come to their house, you are always offered a bowl of fruit. Usually consisting of oranges and apples and maybe even some pecans or walnuts. It’s the traditional Christmas fruit basket for our family. It always presents great feelings of nostalgia. I will blindly continue the tradition, because it’s awesome.
I am a member of the Everywhere Society and they provided me with this product for review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
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