I hadn't checked out Macy's for a while. So, imagine my surprise tonight when I took another look at its Path to Peace Project and found a whole category of Gifts That Give Back. From seasonal ornaments that cost from $13.99 to $23.80 and benefit the communities in Indonesia that have been hit by natural disasters including the tsunami to Christopher Radko ornaments that cost about $50.00 and benefit agencies that help fight AIDS, that care for abused animals, work toward cures for Pediatric Cancer and Childhood Diabetes.
From the original Path to Peace baskets [costs range from $35.00 to $75.00] and the 'O' Bracelets [$132.00 to $330.00] that help the women in war-torn, AIDS- and poverty-stricken Rwanda.
As the Macy's ad puts it: "Of course, the tangible benefits of a reliable income are only part of the story. The women have found confidence, optimism and hope where only a short time ago there was none. Plus, working with women from both sides of the conflict has helped the emotional recovery of all involved. "Some of us are Tutsi survivors, others are Hutus, but we've gone past the divide of ethnicity," says one 45-year-old genocide widow...
"How's that for a fashion statement?"
btw--all items listed here are available online and, I think, you won't find them in stores. jfwiw.