Sunday, November 03, 2013

I have raved and raved numerous times about my love of Macy's. My love (slight obsession) with all things Macy's goes beyond the shopping experience and products they have for sale.  Macy's is diversity conscious, and gurus of philanthropy.  They are always finding ways to give back to those who are less fortunate.  I've seen everything from their Got Your 6 Military Partnership to their Heart of Haiti campaign. Now they are launching the Rwanda Path to Peace initiative. To help share this campaign with the world, a few bloggers were sent one of the hand-woven baskets from the artisans to show off everything or how we would style it in our homes.  I decided to show off the basket for all visitors to our house, by making it the focal point of our dining room table.  I also wanted to leave the tags and Macy's write-up with the basket for everyone to read about the campaign.  How does it look? I think it looks lovely where I placed it in my home here in Houston!

However, my family is actually back up North and I plan to go home to Pittsburgh this year for Thanksgiving and I'll be taking the basket with me! I want to make it apart of our family traditions to remember to be thankful for everything we have and remember that there are people less fortunate than us.  Also I want to take it home and fill it with family mementos that are important to me for our table setting! 

Where would you place this Thanksgiving basket? I think there are many places for it, especially around Thanksgiving time! You can have it as the centerpiece of your table setting!  You could also gift it to the home you are going to for Thanksgiving as thanks for inviting you and your family over! You could even make a family activity out of it. Have everyone in your family place one item in the basket that they are thankful for and then before or after Thanksgiving dinner you can each talk about the items you picked and why they are important to each of you! It could also serve as decor on a coffee table, or foyer table.  No matter how you plan to use your Rwanda Thanksgiving baskets they will definitely be a conversation piece and they are helping those less fortunate through the Rwanda Path to Peace project!

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 love that my basket came hand-signed by the artisan. Pieces like this are so invaluable. You can't put a price on this!! I will keep this forever! 

I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere provided me with product from Rwanda Path to Peace to review. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own. 

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