Calling all painters, sculptors and weekend craft warriors — we need your help gathering craft supplies.
Mercyhurst University is gearing up to host the second annual Global Gifts Fair on Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., just in time for the holiday shopping season.
Craft donations — fabrics, beads, buttons, yarn, thread, ribbon, clay, paper, paint, etc. — are needed to make the event a success. Also, student organizers are seeking gift basket items – gift cards, toiletry items, small toys and home products – that will benefit refugees and their families.
Last spring’s inaugural fair brought new Americans — refugees from countries such as Bhutan, Nepal, Iraq and Eritrea — together with members of the community to share in a cultural exchange of music, dance and handcrafted gifts.
“We are really doing this craft fair for the refugees. Last spring's event was a huge success in terms of empowering them,” said Sarah Woodring, team leader and social work major. “We also thought this was a good opportunity for the students and the Erie community to learn a little more about different cultures and the products of that culture whether it be food, dance or crafts.”
The Global Gifts Fair showcases artisans who make jewelry, carve wood, knit, weave and paint. The fair also features dance and music, as well as two henna artists. Proceeds and gift basket donations will directly benefit the artists and their families.
Donation boxes will be situated in the following locations: east stairwell of the Old Main lobby, Mercyhurst Bookstore, Hirt Academic Center (lower level), and on the main floor of the Carolyn Herrmann Student Union. Donations may also be delivered to Peggy Black, Ph.D, (Preston 111) or Laura Lewis, Ph.D. (Preston 108).
The Global Gifts Fair is sponsored and organized by the Social Work and Sociology Department and the Mercyhurst Honors Program. For more information, email Sarah Woodring or call 814-490-4245.