Wednesday, November 19, 2014

More Opportunties to Shop for Fair Trade, Just and Sustainable Gifts

 A few day ago we told you about two opportunities  to purchase local, sustainable and fairly traded gifts via events hosted by TenderLove Community and the Immaculate Conception Church Justice and Life Ministry. I would now like to share a couple more additional opportunities. One is a general guide from Sojourners: Faith and Action for Social Justice, and the other is an Alternative Christmas Fair hosted by St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque.

Sojourners Just Giving Guide
"Do you love nothing more than the taste of fair trade coffee? Do you enjoy the thrill of finding unique gifts that help make a difference in the world?  The Sojourners Just Giving Guide offers an opportunity to acquire a broad array of gifts, cards and services.

The featured organizations are Bought Beautifully, Bread for the World, Cat Lovers against the Bomb, Church Health Center, Coexist, Covenant House, Equal Exchange, Freedom from Hunger, From War to Peace, Heifer International, Image Journal, International Justice Mission, Koinonia Farm, Limited Edition Hatch Bible, Love 41, Maryknoll Sisters, Plant with a Purpose, Sojourners Magazine, Sojourners, The Kitchen Book, William Greenbaum Fine Prints, World Vision, Yeshu: A Novel for the Open-Hearted. 

 Alternative Christmas Fair, St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
On Sunday, November 23, St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 5301 Ponderosa Ave NE, Albuquerque (map), will host its Alternative Christmas Fair. Through this event, which begins at 11:00 a.m., the church helps with the sustainability of people and hunger issues in third world countries and local communities through the following participants:
  • Angel Tree: helps provide parent - child bonding even when the parent is in prison. -
  • East Central Ministries: provides community programs, youth programs, and neighborhood micro businesses.
  • Gamma Phi Beta: makes jalapeño jelly and uses the proceeds for scholarships, or to help organiza- tions like the Roadrunner Food Bank. We couldn’t have an Alternative Christmas Fair without Shirley Wafford’s jalapeno jelly.
  • The Heifer Project: works in the areas of livestock and agriculture. In areas where hunger and despair once prevailed, Heifer programs have reinvigorated commu- nities through livestock, training and Passing on the Gift.
  • Just Coffee: Café Justo is a coffee grower cooperative based in Salvador Urbina, Chiapas, Mexico. We market a pure, organic coffee which is grown, harvested and mar- keted in the spirit of justice. Our goal is to provide incentives for people to remain on their family lands.
  • Greater Habitat for Humanity: builds simple, decent, af- fordable homes for area deserving families. There will be a table of do- nated items for sell benefiting this organization.

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