Did you know that Traidcraft are launching November 15th to 24th as ‘Buy a Charity Christmas Card Week’? This is a campaign to encourage churches and their members to show they care this festive season and send a personal Christmas greeting to marginalised members of their community.
Margaret Sentamu, Traidcraft board member, summarises what this is all about by saying, “The hustle and bustle of the lead-up to Christmas can be both a blessing and a burden for many of us. But for lots of people, even those who are part of a loving church community, there is no one to share the joy of this time of year, and they simply can’t help feeling lonely. So when it comes to a Christmas greeting, there really is no substitute for a knock at the door, a friendly chat, and the reminder of the card on the mantelpiece that tells us we are remembered, we are loved. The extra Christmas card I shall give this year will be a proper card, a charity card, delivered through the letterbox, to show that no one should feel forgotten at Christmas.”
Traidcraft have a wide range of Christmas cards printed in the UK on FSC certified paper (produced from responsibly managed forests), which also raise money for CAFOD, Christian Aid and SCIAF. In the past three years, Traidcraft has been able to give over £250,000 to the other charities. There are also beautiful hand-embroidered cards made in Bangladesh and handmade cards from The Philippines and Nepal.
There will be an opportunity in our Circuit to buy Traidcraft Christmas cards as well as fair trade Christmas gifts on Saturday 22nd November at the Festive Fair Trade Fair from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Bolton Methodist Church, Bolton Road, BD2 4LB. Entry is free and refreshments will be available, donations to Traidcraft Exchange. All are welcome!