‘Market of Hope’ supports artisans

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Sea Island Presbyterian Church’s Market of Hope offers Christmas gifts with a purpose. From November 30 to December 7, the public is invited to discover an exquisite collection of handmade gifts, home decor, musical instruments, jewelry and personal accessories at the Market of Hope.

The market will help skilled artisans in 38 countries receive a fair price for their products. Featured items include hand-loomed textiles, pottery, jewelry, baskets, toys and a variety of nativities.

The congregation is hosting the Market of Hope so that residents of Beaufort may purchase Christmas gifts that not only give joy to the recipients but also improve the quality of life for men and women around the world. Shoppers will also have the opportunity to learn about local organizations that are improving the quality of life for families in Beaufort. Shoppers may make donations to these partners as Christmas gifts in honor of loved ones. Sea Island Presbyterian will provide cards to recognize these gifts.

The market opens at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, November 30. It will be open daily from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 4 – 6 p.m. from December 1 – 5. On Saturday, December 6, the market will be open from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., and from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 7. The congregation held alternative gift markets in the past, but this is their first time showcasing handcrafted items marketed by Ten Thousand Villages, a nonprofit fair trade organization based in Akron, Pa. To learn more, visit http://seaislandpresbyterian.org.