REPORTING · 28th November 2009
The 10,000 Villages Shop visited Kitimat this week. Saturday, November 28th is their last day, if you have so far, missed them. Volunteers from the Baptist Church have opened the shop for Christmas shoppers and are helping artisans earn money for their product.
“We’re giving the folks of Kitimat an opportunity to participate and lessen world hunger and stress by helping out these artisans from 10,000 Villages around the world,” said Pastor Paul Stade.
Many cities in Canada have year round 10,000 Village Stores run by volenteers, while smaller communities have products shipped to them for a temporary sale, so everyone gets a chance to support the artisans. Products this year include baskets, foods, instruments and even handbags made from pop cans.
“They make it possible for volunteer groups to bring in the merchandise. They ship it up for us; we use our volunteers. We don’t make any money. It’s all for the people who have made the stuff,” said Pastor Stade.
“Everything that is here, the price you pay is what the person who made it in Bangladesh or India… that’s the price they get plus shipping and handling since everything else is volunteer,” said Linda Stade.
Since opening the 10,000 Villages Shop in Kitimat has been busy steadily with customers. Tomorrow, they close their doors at 6:00 pm. The Baptist Church has been opening the 10,000 Villages Shop every Christmas for the last few years.
Volunteer Ealysse Rice Demonstrates the instruments for Bev Engen and Carol Paul.
Marci Rice examines another one of the instruments