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The International Christmas Market at First United Methodist Church Richardson is an alternative gift buying experience that gives customers the choice of fair trade merchandise and mission shares that benefit others.

Beautiful and unique crafts will be available from villages and co-ops around the world.  Countries represented include Vietnam, Russia, Haiti, Egypt, the Holy Land, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia and many more! Baskets, jewelry, home décor, scarves Christmas ornaments, coffee and chocolate are available to purchase. All money spent at the market provides income for the artisans in developing countries.

Another opportunity available at the market is the purchase of Mission Shares. Purchasing shares is a great way to support specific projects in our community and around the world. Shares are available in a variety of dollar amounts and, this year, will benefit Richardson Area Habitat for Humanity, Heifer Project, Ark House, Haiti Rebuilding, Stove Builders of Guatemala plus many other deserving organizations.

When you purchase a share in someone’s name, you will receive a card to give as a gift to the person you are honoring.

This is the 28th year for the market, which started in 1988, selling bean soup mix and offering shares supporting one organization - Heifer Project. It has grown into a 3-day event featuring a wide variety of items and 12 share organizations.

Joy Anderson, Associate Pastor for Missions and Outreach, says, “It is a great way to remember those on your holiday list and give hope to others at the same time.”

The 2015 International Christmas Market is located at First United Methodist Church Richardson, 503 N. Central Expressway (southbound service road between Arapaho and Beltline) in the Bartula Family Life Center.

Hours of operation:

November 13    5pm – 9pm    First Choice Night
November 14   10am – 4pm 
November 15   8:30am – 1pm   Petting Zoo

November 13 is First Choice Night. There is a $5 entrance at the door on this night only, which includes hor d’oeuvres, a smaller crowd and first choice of items.

More information available at fumcr.com

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