Handicrafts for sale at First United Methodist

Exotic jewelry from India, hand-woven baskets from the Philippines, ceramics from Vietnam, and palm leaf Christmas decorations from Bangladesh will be among the Third World handicrafts for sale at First United Methodist Church in Vermillion on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The items will be presented by Ten Thousand Villages, which sells handicrafts for artisans from more than 30 Third World countries. Ten Thousand Villages is a fair trade organization and a job creation program of the Mennonite Church denomination. Last year Ten Thousand Villages worked with tens of thousands of artisans who otherwise would be unemployed or underemployed. This income pays for food, education, health care and housing.

The public is cordially invited to browse and purchase beautiful hand-made crafts from around the world. A gift from Ten Thousand Villages is a gift that gives twice – once to the recipient, and once to the artist who made it.

Also on that day you will have the opportunity to purchase gifts from the Alternative Gift Market. Goats and job training, medicines and eye surgery, solar cookers and bicycles relief for orphans and shelter for the homeless – these are some of the authentic life giving gifts made available through Alternative Gifts International.

The UMC Outreach committee will be selling holiday cookies. Lunch will be provided on Saturday.

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