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Ten Thousand Villages Ann Arbor partners with local nonprofits for annual holiday shopping benefit

Shop for a good cause this holiday season

Holiday items on display at Ten Thousand Villages (Photo: Meredith Bruckner)

ANN ARBORTen Thousand Villages will run its annual holiday shopping benefit Dec. 2-13 to support 15 local nonprofit organizations.

Each year, the fair trade retailer partners with nonprofits during the holiday shopping season to benefit important work being done here in the local community.

How it works:

During the campaign, customers can mention the name of a participating nonprofit they’d like to support at checkout and 15% of their purchase will be donated to that organization.

Store manager Cathy Marks said the local benefit goes hand-in-hand with Ten Thousand Villages’ mission to support artisans globally.

“This collaborative effort provides customers the opportunity to double the impact of their holiday shopping by supporting the talents of disadvantaged artisans around the world, and by donating to programs that fill an important need in the local community,” said Marks in a statement.

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This year’s participating organizations include:

  • The Women’s Center of Southeastern Michigan
  • Angell Elementary School
  • Dawn Farm
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Washtenaw County
  • SafeHouse Center
  • Help for African Communities
  • Summers - Knoll School
  • Church of the Good Shepherd
  • Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution (SOAP) Washtenaw
  • Apple Playschools
  • Humane Society of Huron Valley
  • International Samaritan
  • Allen Creek Preschool
  • Family Life Services of Washtenaw County
  • Girls on the Run of Southeastern Michigan

“The Women’s Center is thrilled to participate in this event,” communications coordinator for The Women’s Center for Southeastern Michigan, Alice Liao, said in a statement. "We are all looking forward to seeing lots of shoppers December 2 through December 13 knowing their purchases are not only unique gifts for family and friends, but that their purchase is extended in support of our community.”

Watch: Find treasures from all over the world at this Ann Arbor store

About Ten Thousand Villages

Ten Thousand Villages is a non-profit, fair trade retailer with more than 80 stores in North America. All products sold at Ten Thousand Villages are fairly traded, a system that offers artisans a fair living wage for their work. Each purchase provides income for skilled artisans and their communities in Latin America, Africa, Middle East, and Asia. Ten Thousand Villages serves as a leader in the fair trade movement and has done so for over seventy years. The local Ann Arbor store on 303 S. Main Street, is celebrating more than 15 years of providing fair trade products to the community.


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