Fair Trade + Alternative Giving
In recent years, the Peace and Justice Committee of Holy Trinity and St. Helen’s has held a fair trade sale at both churches as a way to let people learn about fair trade and allow them to buy fair trade items for their own use or as gifts. Please consider one or more of these options for some of your Christmas or other gifts!
1. SERVV (http://www.serrv.org/) Serrv's unique handcrafted fair trade items come from around the world. Buy items for yourself or to give as gifts. You can even have the item shipped directly to the recipient. Find items that were in the Fair Trade Sale.
2. Heifer International (https://www.heifer.org/) Heifer is a unique organization in that you choose an animal gift for a family in another country--families around the world receive training and animal gifts that help them become self-reliant. You can get an honor card to give to let someone know that you gave a donation in their honor or they can get an email notification.
3. Food For The Poor (http://www.foodforthepoor.org/) Food For The Poor, Inc. is an ecumenical Christian nonprofit organization based in Coconut Creek, Florida, United States that provides food, medicine, and shelter, among other services, to the poor in Latin America and the Caribbean. (Wikipedia) Select gifts for people in need. Gifts can be a chicken or goat or even a house! Send a card to your friend or relative showing the gift in their honor.
4. Catholic Relief Services (https://www.crs.org/) Catholic Relief Services (CRS) carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. CRS is motivated by the Gospel of Jesus Christ to cherish, preserve and uphold the sacredness and dignity of all human life, foster charity and justice, and embody Catholic social and moral teaching. It provides disaster relief as well as supporting development efforts. You can also choose specific gifts and get printed honor cards or email honor cards to let family or friends know that you made a gift in their name.
5. St. Joseph Social Service Center ( https://www.sjeliz.org/donate.html) St. Joseph Social Service Center serves the poor and homeless in the Elizabeth, NJ by providing basic human needs such as food, clothing and medications, as well as a wide range of services and programs to help them acquire the material goods and social services they need to live with integrity. St. Joseph's is a place where the homeless and the poor are welcomed as our brothers and sisters. Thanks to many volunteers from St. Helen's and Holy Trinity, it is a community that unites city and suburbs, poor and affluent, young and old, and people of all colors. St. Joseph's is a place where hearts are touched and consciousness raised among many, so that together we can begin to build a more just society where all people can live in peace.