If you walk into Ten Thousand Villages on Commercial Drive in December, you immediately see and feel that the store is full of colour, culture and spirit. The shelves were stocked with hand-crafted ornaments, nativity sets and a variety of unique Christmas gifts. Not only were they prepared for the holiday season with gifts and goods, Ten Thousand Villages embraces the spirit of kindness and community by sharing a portion of their sales made during the Christmas rush with a number of non-profit organizations.
On December 9th 2012, Ten Thousand Villages dedicated 15% of sales made on that day to L’Arche Greater Vancouver. Thanks to their generosity, L’Arche received a donation of $707.74. The proceeds will go toward supporting the residential and day programs for adults with developmental disabilities. Our friendship with Ten Thousand Villages started in 2010 and this has been our third partnership project with them.
Similar to L’Arche’s values, Ten Thousand Villages works to share the gifts and stories of people throughout the world and strives to strengthen communities. Ten Thousand Villages is a non-profit program of Mennonite Central Committee and is also the oldest and largest Fair Trade organization in North America. They create opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing selling their crafts and sharing their stories.
Thank you to Sabine and the wonderful staff at Ten Thousand Villages for their gift of time and love!