Ten Thousand Villages in Lawrence is proud to help support local charities and international relief efforts

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December 13, 2013

For more information, contact: Paul Stagner, Manager Lawrence Ten Thousand Villages 835 Massachusetts Lawrence, KS 66044 785-856-7370 lawrence.tenthousandvillages.com

Ten Thousand Villages is proud to help support local charities and international relief efforts

Lawrence, KS - With the leadership of board member Carol Nalbandian, Ten Thousand Villages hosted 3 community shopping events in the past month to benefit local not-for-profit agencies. Health Care Access, the Lawrence Community Shelter, and Independence Inc. were given 15% of net sales at each of their 3-hour events.

To help support the communities and individuals in the Philippines affected by the typhoon, the Lawrence TTV store also donated 10% of sales on Wednesday, November 20th to the Mennonite Central Committee’s Typhoon Haiyan Response effort.

Ten Thousand Villages, a fair trade retailer, offers home decor, jewelry and gifts handcrafted by artisans around the world. Our mission is to create opportunities for these artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term, fair trading relationships.
Store Manager, Paul Stagner said: “We know that there are also many needs in our local community, and in partnering with these local agencies, hope to also help those in Lawrence who need assistance.”

For more information about Ten Thousand Villages and future events at the store, please contact Paul Stagner, store manager, at 785-856-7370 or visit lawrence.tenthousandvillages.com

Ten Thousand Villages is open: Mon-Wed: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM Thurs: 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM Fri-Sat: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM Sunday: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

For more than 65 years, Ten Thousand Villages has established long-term buying relationships in places where skilled artisans lack opportunities for stable income. The commitment to support artisans around the globe is strengthened through fair trade compensation practices including cash advances and prompt payments. As the company continues to grow, Ten Thousand Villages has deliberately married the concept of fair trade with healthy and environmentally sustainable business practices. From store operations to product sourcing marketing practices, Ten Thousand Villages strives to meet the “triple bottom line” of economic, environmental and social sustainability.

Founded in 1964, Ten Thousand Villages has grown from the trunk of founder Edna Ruth Byler’s car to a network of more than 390 retail outlets throughout the United States. Ten Thousand Villgages is an exceptional source for unique handmade gifts, jewelry, home decore, art & sculpture and personal accessories made by artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. One of the world’s largest fair trade organizations and a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization and the Fair Trade Federation, Ten Thousand Villages strives to improve the livelihood of tens of thousands of disadvantaged artisans in 35 countries. Product sales help pay for food, education, healthcare and housing for artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed. For more information, visit tenthousandvillages.com

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