SIDNEY — The Fair Trade Christmas Boutique will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 24, in the Holy Angels School gym and cafeteria, 121 E. Water St., Sidney. Handmade items from over 30 countries will be sold, including Christmas ornaments and décor, baskets, jewelry and more. Fair trade coffee, tea, chocolate, olive oil also will be available.
Shoppers will have the option of ordering items not on display from a catalog. Products will be delivered within three weeks. All purchases are cash or check only.
Fair trade consignment sales eliminate the middle man, thus giving the artisans and farmers fair and higher wages. No slave or child labor is used. All work is done in safe environments and use earth-friendly procedures. The purpose of this sale is to work toward breaking the cycle of poverty by providing fair income and leading to a stronger society. Funds from SERRV and Equal Exchange, the sources of products, are also given to communities involved to create safe water, health clinics and schools. Sales will benefit farmers and artisans around the world.
A bake sale will be held in the school cafeteria. Shoppers can give a donation for home-baked items to take with them or to be eaten along with coffee or tea in the cafeteria. Funds from the bake sale will support outreach programs such as Project Linus and also to help support Most Holy Trinity Parish in Honduras.
Tickets for raffle items will be sold. Raffle items include Ivy Garland, Hair Company and Great Stone Castle gift certificates, fall decorations, a beach fun basket, kids basket and king size quilt.
Also participating in the sale will be S and H Products Spirit and Hand Art Studio. St. Mark’s Bookstore from Dayton will have a variety of religious items for sale including books, Bibles, statues, jewelry, medals, rosaries and more. Lehman Catholic High School’s Music Department will have a table to sell orders for citrus fruit, an annual fundraiser. Mother Brunner Artisan Bread made in St. Henry at the Bake Shoppe will be sold. The bread is baked especially for the Maria Stein Relic Shrine to honor Mother Brunner, the foundress of the Sisters of the Precious Blood.
For more information call Judy at (937) 492-4364.