Good Gifts Market on Dec. 7

Good Gifts Market on Dec. 7

Good GiftsCome shop for change at our Good Gifts Market on Sunday, December 7. By purchasing beautiful, handcrafted gifts, you’ll be supporting artisans locally and around the world by helping them generate sustainable income. The market will be located in Humphrey Hall from 9 am to 1 pm.

"The goal of this market is to provide an outlet to do your holiday shopping in a more meaningful and impactful way," says Amy Behrman, chair of the Community Ministries Team who is helping to organize the event.

Merchandise will include toys like piggy banks, drums, games; Christmas items like nativity sets and ornaments; chocolate, coffee and assorted teas; jewelry, purses and unique gifts; scarves and knitted apparel; home décor and accents and handwoven baskets.

Along with Westbury UMC's FAM (Fondren Apartment Ministry) and Piecemaker Quilters, community and global organizations supported at the gift market include:

  • SERRV - Every basket, every tablecloth, every necklace they offer has a face behind it -- an artisan who works in a safe environment, can send her children to school, and can save for the future with the reliable income she earns through fair trade. SERRV is a nonprofit organization with a mission to eradicate poverty wherever it resides by providing opportunity and support to artisans and farmers worldwide.

  • She Has Hope - She Has Hope rescues and rehabilitates human trafficking survivors with the goal of restoring them to a life full of hope. In their shop you will find many hand-crafted products made by the girls of the Peace Gospel International rehabilitation home in Kathmandu, Nepal. These girls, mostly teenagers, are recovering from the horrors of human trafficking. All proceeds go directly toward maintaining their rehabilitation home, where they receive counseling and medical care, room & board, literacy classes, and become proficient in several craft-making, seamstress and gardening skills.

  • Community Cloth - Purchases of The Community Cloth products help refugee women provide for the basic needs of their families as they work to establish new lives in Houston. The Community Cloth supports them in creating and selling handmade, indigenous arts and crafts such as woven bags, knitted scarves, household items and more. 100% of the profits go directly to the artisans.

  • Noonday Collection - Noonday Collection's mission is to create economic opportunity for the vulnerable. They partner with artisans in the developing world, empowering them to grow sustainable businesses. By creating a marketplace for their goods, they create dignified jobs at living wages. This allows their artisans to earn more in order to support their families. They also offer no interest loans and make advance payments on orders. This way they are able to shoulder the costs of materials and build a lasting relationship based on trust. They offer scholarship programs and emergency assistance. Noonday Collection also donates a portion of sales from adoption trunk shows to place orphans in forever families.

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