Global Gifts and Crafts Shop
in Downtown Birmingham
300 Willits at Bates Street
Press Release: November 2012
GLOBAL GIFTS AND CRAFTS SHOP OPEN IN DOWNTOWN BIRMINGHAM!
A GLOBAL GIFTS AND CRAFTS SHOP
SHOP will open for the 15th year in downtown Birmingham, November 9 through December 16, 2012. The shop is non-profit, staffed by volunteers, and all “profits” go to mostly Third World craftspersons and artisans who made the gifts and crafts.
The Shop is open daily from Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm in the First Baptist Church of Birmingham. The shop entrance is on Bates Street, just north of Willits Street or Downtown’s Ring Road . Customers enter and walk down a half-flight of stairs to the Shops. Free parking for two hours is available adjacent to the Shop in the municipal parking lot.
Indigenous crafts made by people who otherwise would have little income are for sale in the Shop from nations and cultures around the world, including the United States.. Suppliers for the Global Gifts and Crafts Shop include SERRV, Ten Thousand Villages, and ABC World Wide Gifts. The public is invited.
Funds from the sales in the shop get translated into poor children attending school and families getting fed and clothed. This is not a hand-out but the result of someone admiring the skilled work of an artisan and purchasing the item. All of our suppliers are non-profit and church-related, so our customers can be assured that whatever they purchase, all profits are returned to the person who made it. Many of the artisans are disabled or have other special needs. This is a ministry of economic redistribution with poor persons around the world. During the Christmas season, what better way to celebrate Christ’s birth than to purchase a gift that truly empowers someone in need?
300 Willits Street at Bates, Downtown Birmingham
248/644-0550; FAX 248/644-0559
Open Daily, Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10 AM - 3 PM