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St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish to Hold Fair Trade Gift Sale Dec. 6-7 | Arts & Culture

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St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish to Hold Fair Trade Gift Sale Dec. 6-7
St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish to Hold Fair Trade Gift Sale Dec. 6-7

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- One-of-a-kind crafts and food items from artisans and farmers from 30 developing countries will be available Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7, during the St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish Fair Trade Gift Sale.

The general public is invited to attend and support artisans and farmers move toward sustainability.

“We are offering this event to promote moral spending, which is a conscious act to support both the artisan and product.  Through the Fair Trade co-operatives in developing countries, chocolate and coffee farmers as well as other artisans receive a fair price for the items they produce and sell here in the United States,” said Sally Moser, co-chairwoman of the St. Patrick―St. Anthony Social Justice Commission.

The Fair Trade Gift Sale will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day inside the parish's Family Center, located at 901 Columbus Ave. in Grand Haven. Featured items for sale will include handcrafted goods from Haiti; coffee, jams and jellies to benefit an orphanage from Honduras; tea, chocolate and olive oil from Palestine; and clothing items from the Women at Risk Chest Boutique in Rockford.   Baked goods and hand knitted items will also be available, along with specialties from Asian and European fair trade artisans.

“In providing access to fair trade markets, the handmade goods created by enterprising women and men in the developing world will help to lift them and their families out of poverty,” explained Moser.

Organizations involved with the event include The Bridge in Holland, HandCrafting Justice, Women at Risk International from Wyoming, Union Microfinanza (now known as Aldea Coffee in Muskegon), Higher Grounds  of Traverse City and Tree of Hope Gifts from Catholic Relief Services.

“Proceeds from the event all go back to the artisans and organizations to foster self-reliance, ensure fair wages and build support networks as we strive to promote human dignity through empowering women and men to overcome social and economic injustice,” said Moser.

Anyone interested in receiving further information should contact St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish at (616) 842-0001.

St. Patrick Parish began as a mission site in 1857. The first church was built at the current location of 920 Fulton Street in Grand Haven in 1872.  In 1911, St. Anthony’s Church was formed in Robinson Township and became a mission parish of St. Patrick’s.  The current church was opened in 1957 after the old church was torn down to make room for U.S. 31.  The Family Center was added in 1973 and in 2012, both parishes merged into the St. Patrick - St. Anthony Parish.