Sometimes it's easy to get swept up into the Christmas gift-giving rat race. We go buy all the latest gizmos, wrap them, and throw them under the tree, but the best gifts that make a lasting memory are the ones that have an incredible story, but what makes it better is when it helps those in need.
This Christmas season, The Gateway Church is opening what they are calling The Advent Shop at Freedom Blend Coffee shop benefits Freedom For Your Ministries and Joppa but the stories behind the gifts are inspiring.
One of the particular vendors is Beza Threads. Buying a gift from Beza Threads supports survivors of modern-day slavery by providing rehabilitation services and job training through the sale of goods made by the same survivors. Selling their own work helps give them a sustainable future and buying that work gives them hope and an income.
Another vendor is a 15 year old girl named Sarah. She hand-makes jewelry and uses a portion of her sales to buy Bibles for those around the world who can't afford them.
The Advent Shop will also have locally crafted gifts for your loved ones and to know that your money is going to do so much more! The Gateway Church has gathered together a variety of vendors who will sell items that will include locally-created, justice-oriented, socially-conscious, and handmade goods from Groen Haus, Sassy Pineapple, Simply Good Skin Care and others.
The Advent Shop
The shop will be open only on December 2nd from 1-5pm. And 10% of all sales will be donated by vendors and given to Freedom for Youth, an organization serving the youth of Des Moines with tutoring, classes, and after-school programming, and Joppa, an organization that greatly helps the local homeless community.
The Advent Shop is not about spending more this holiday season but spending intentionally and spending with a purpose.
The advent shop will also have a gift wrapping station and DIY holiday wreath kits available for purchase (to make there or take home)!
To see the full vendor list or get more information click this link.
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