For the opportunity to find not only beautiful one-of-a-kind, handcrafted, eco-friendly holiday gifts, but also to make a direct global impact, shop at the Fair Trade “Work of Human Hands” Bazaar at Crofton’s St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish the weekend of November 2 and 3.
Unlike other bazaars, this one has the power to help the quality of life for people in developing countries. Seton Parish and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) have teamed up to sponsor this “Work of Human Hands” holiday bazaar to help small-scale artisans and farmers in developing countries receive all the benefits of fair trade. The monies raised from this event will go directly to help these workers provide sustainable income for their families, while at the same time providing them with safe and healthy work places.
The church volunteers set up and sell the crafts along with Fair Trade coffee, chocolate, and other food items. The purchase of these handcrafted gifts of jewelry, baskets, scarves, and carvings will help families in another part of the world have a brighter future. CRS has been working for more than 60 years on behalf of the world's artisans and farmers and this type of activity is only one of the services they provide. Through the Fair Trade program, artisans and farmers are offered prepayments for their work so the families can sustain their businesses, learn new skills to develop their crafts, and receive grants to expand their resources.
In addition, there will be a Secret Santa shop for children where they can make purchases for family members. Youth volunteers will be on hand to help children select items and then decorate gift bags.
This holiday bazaar allows people of all ages to make unique, quality purchases while making a difference in the lives of struggling families across the globe.
Shopping times are Saturday from 2 -6:30 and Sunday from 9-1:30. Cash or checks will be accepted for payment. Come early for best selection.
Seton is located on Route 424 (Davidsonville Road) in Crofton.