Online Free Trade Shopping For The Holidays?

Recently my son volunteered at a Ten Thousand Villages Festival event. Small shopping stations representing every corner of the globe were set up displaying gift-type items for free-trade purchase.

The crafted items, foods and clothing were spectacular and well hand made.

The day raised over $14,000.00 to assist global villages and tribes.

It was an incredible day, but because it was early October, I was not really thinking Holiday!

That was actually unusual for me. I am typically completely done with my holiday shopping by this time of year. November used to be my month of rest, believe it or not. BUT, having a teen now has tipped me on edge. The scheduling is grueling and I don't know which end is up or why, so I did not shop thoughtfully. I purchased a beautifully hand-crafted paper journal for a dear loved one, and enough coffee to run my system for a month.

Now I am happy to refer back to the Ten Thousand Village website to shop.

I do however have to admit that I had forgotten my intent and was only re-awakened to the fabulous idea after attending The Millennium Network Chicago  Event partnered with The William Jefferson Clinton Foundation.

The former President spoke extensively about the impact private citizens can have on public issues and lives. He also shared some of his favorite past Holiday givings: Rwandan baskets and items from Peru.

Awesome right? YES!

Only difficulty I am having right now is which purchases are most thoughtful to those with the greatest needs right now!

What are your thoughts?

Will you be giving gifts this year?

Are your thoughts focused more here at home with those who are in need in America? Or within your own homes?

Do you have a cultural connection with an area of need?

How can we be most thoughtful during this holiday and during one of our time's most incredible financial crisis?



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