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Georgian Court Offers Fair Trade Crafts and Foods for Sale in Time for the Holidays

Lakewood, N.J., Nov. 16, 2009—Georgian Court University invites you to shop for beautiful and fairly traded gifts, housewares, accessories, and other hand-crafted items from artisans and farmers living in developing regions by attending a Work of Human Hands Sale on November 17–19 (Tuesday through Thursday) from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., in the Arts and Science Center lobby on the Lakewood campus. Bring your holiday gift list!

The sale, hosted by GCU’s Department of Theology and Religious Studies, is part of the Work of Human Hands program, a partnership between Catholic Relief Services and SERRV, nonprofit organizations dedicated to fighting poverty. Every purchase made at the Work of Human Hands Sale enables an artisan or farmer to better provide for the basic necessities of life, to educate her or his children, and to work in a safe environment.

The sale will feature fair trade handicrafts such as jewelry, scarves, toys, and Christmas decorations, as well as fair trade coffees, teas, and chocolate

“Through this event, we hope to educate the wider community about the importance of fair trade and to raise awareness that the way we spend our money affects people around the world,” says Johann Vento, Ph.D., chair and associate professor of theology/religious studies, whose students are participating in the sale as part of their service learning requirement.

“Commitment to fair trade is not charity—it is recognizing that our typical consumer habits can endanger the well-being of people and communities in the developing world and making a commitment to establishing justice in our trade relationships,” adds Dr. Vento. “It is about understanding that we are not isolated, but rather exist in a web of interdependence with all people around the world and that the well-being of each of us depends on the well-being of all of us.”

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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