Julie Alkema shows off a variety of decorations on display at the Holy Name Catholic Church in Steamboat Springs which will be sold Saturday and Sunday at the 10th annual Work of Human Hands craft bazaar.

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Julie Alkema shows off a variety of decorations on display at the Holy Name Catholic Church in Steamboat Springs which will be sold Saturday and Sunday at the 10th annual Work of Human Hands craft bazaar.

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Work of Human Hands craft bazaar focuses on developing nations

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Various holiday decorations on display at the Holy Name Catholic Church in Steamboat Springs will be sold as part of this weekend's craft bazaar.

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Various holiday decorations on display at the Holy Name Catholic Church in Steamboat Springs will be sold as part of this weekend's craft bazaar.

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— For its annual holiday craft bazaar, Holy Name Catholic Church offers a charitable hand by offering wares from dozens of developing nations.

The products - chocolates from Ghana and baskets, ornaments, scarves and more from Southeast Asia to South America - all are fair trade. The villages that produce them are ensured a fair price for their crafts, rather than what they might get if those items were sold at a big box store.

On Tuesday, one wall of Holy Name's basement was lined with boxes full of products from the Work of Human Hands catalogue. This year's inventory adds up to about $12,000, said event organizer Carol Ward.

In the 10 years the church has hosted the world craft bazaar, organizer Julie Alkema said, the event has grown as people have made it a place to get holiday gifts.

"It's all service, to support local artisans around the world," she said.

Like most holiday craft fairs, Work of Human Hands does not generate a profit for the church. Instead, the parish takes 10 percent of its total earnings and gives it to a local charity. For the past two years, that money has gone to the Steamboat Springs Pregnancy Resource Center.

The rest of the earnings, by the nature of fair trade, go back to Human Hands.

"The whole thing is to support all these different artisans around the world, because this is their only means of support," Ward said.

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