Our Fair Trade Fair each year and our Gift Counter provide outlets for people's arts and crafts from around the world (through the organization, A Greater Gift).
As an example, here is a list of the activities and donations of the Outreach Committee in 2006:
Bishop’s Tea House took in almost $1000.
Fair Trade Fair in October raised $3,184.71
ECW Christmas Bazaar earned $367.25.
Donations given more recently:
Young Life $200
Sitka’s Faith in Action $600
Alaska Correctional Ministries $500
Florence Prison Christmas Trip $500
Hansen House $200
Tanzanian Orphanage $1,000
Priest’s Discretionary Fund $500
Through generous donations on the first Sunday of each month, the Salvation Army was given $1,423 for emergency housing. St. Peter’s also contributed generously to their food pantry.
Shoppers at the Fair Trade Fair
The sales made of Fair Trade items by the Outreach Committee helped many villagers worldwide by providing a market for their arts and crafts. The Outreach Committee is hoping to extend this opportunity to Alaskans in the coming year.
Children receiving shoeboxes with gifts inside
At Christmas, the Outreach Committee spearheads collection of Shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Participants fill a shoebox with gifts for children depending on age and boy or girl. These are added to other shoeboxes from around town and delivered to children worldwide. Here are two children who recently received their boxes.