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Global Gift Fair at MPPC Gives Back 100% of Sales to Fight Extreme Poverty

Original post made by Nicole Laubscher, Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park, on Nov 6, 2012

Artisans from more than 13 developing countries will benefit from local shoppers at the Global Gift Fair at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, 950 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park, on Saturday, November 10, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, November 11, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Because the church partners with Heavenly Treasures, a fair trade micro-enterprise network, 100% of proceeds are reinvested with the artisans, who are the poorest of the poor. The gift fair will equip and assist people in developing countries to break the cycle of poverty through their own handiwork and creativity.

"This is one of the most loved events that MPPC hosts," says Bennie Ingraham, Mission Director at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. "It's a great opportunity to be a conscious consumer and purchase gifts for friends, families, and teachers," says Ingraham.

Staffed by volunteers from the church, the fair will offer unique handcrafted textiles, ceramics, jewelry, home and fashion products in time for the holidays. The products represent more than 50 projects in 13 countries around the world. Each one is made by an individual striving to overcome poverty, sex trafficking, HIV-AIDS or political conflict. Proceeds support men and women who create these products in order to become self-sufficient in meeting basic health care, housing, and educational needs for their families.

"Shopping here is a tremendous experience. Each product has a story behind it. Every purchase changes a life," says Tina McMinn, volunteer Global Gift Fair Manager. "We invite the community to come by the gift fair and check it out."

Heavenly Treasures has more than 50 micro-enterprise livelihood projects in 13 countries. It helps artisans develop more marketable products and with access to markets. Heavenly Treasures is a nonprofit organization supported by donations so its efforts and product proceeds can go back to artisans.

Menlo Park Presbyterian Church focuses much of its giving of time and resources to support education and fight extreme poverty and human trafficking. MPPC has been on Santa Cruz Avenue for almost 140 years and today has four campuses, including locations in San Mateo and Mountain View, with 4,500 members. MPPC welcomes all to join in its activities and weekend services.
Visit www.mppc.org for more information. facebook: menloparkpres.

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