Thursday, November 17, 2005
Shop your way around the world this weekend at the Work of Human Hands craft fair. Volunteers at the Holy Name Catholic Church have organized this event for eight years, providing local shoppers with an opportunity to buy unique gifts while raising money for people living in poverty.
Last year, the group sold baskets and other woven items from around the world. This year, their offerings are more diverse and include African drums, teapots from Vietnam and handmade dolls from Sri Lanka.
Some of the items come with the stories of the craftspeople who made them.
On Saturday, baskets, jewelry, scarves, purses, musical instruments and toys will be for sale.
There also will be food items available such as nuts from Peru, coffee from Rwanda and Ethiopia and tea from Nepal and India.
Holy Name Catholic Church keeps 10 percent of the proceeds, which they will donate this year to the San Alfonso Mission in El Paso, Texas. The rest of the proceeds go to the craftspeople, ensuring they are given a fair wage for their work.
"We feel this is a good cause," said volunteer Julie Alkema. "It's a way to help someone in a (developing) country become self-supporting and get out of poverty.
"And it's also a chance for people to do some Christmas shopping."
Most of the items for sale at the Work of Human Hands craft fair are priced less than $25, with the most expensive items priced at about $75.
What: Work of Human Hands craft fair
When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; 9 to 10 p.m. Sunday after morning mass
Where: Holy Name Catholic Church downstairs, on the corner of Sixth and Oak streets
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