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Advent Market to raise awareness for non-profit organizations

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, TN (Nov. 30, 2012) — Milligan College will host its first Advent Market on Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the lobby of Milligan’s Gregory Center for the Liberal Arts.

The market, which is open to the public, will include booths set up to sell products made by global artisans, including jewelry, bags and coffee.

Several non-profit organizations will have booths at the market, and the proceeds from their sales will benefit their charitable work. These include:

  • Rapha House, which exists to love, rescue and heal children who have been rescued from trafficking and sexual exploitation;
  • The Starfish Project, an organization that empowers exploited women in Asia through a socially responsible jewelry business that provides them with alternative employment and a range of holistic care opportunities;
  • Women at Risk International, which unites and educates women to create circles of protection and hope around women at risk of sexual exploitation through culturally sensitive, value-added intervention projects;
  • Refugee Beads, an organization that unites women and volunteers to create jewelry that is marketed across America in stores, craft fairs and online to provide families with desperately needed income; and
  • Three Avocados, a non-profit organization that was founded as a creative solution to ending the global water crisis, starting with Uganda.

Nineteen local artists from Johnson City, Elizabethton, Jonesborough and Asheville, N.C., also will be present. They will sell gifts including jewelry, bags, ornaments, stationary, pottery, T-shirts and more.

In addition to providing unique gifts and raising money for good causes, the event also gives each organization the opportunity to share its mission work with the community. Katy Mosby, Milligan’s director of campus activities, hopes to make the Advent Market an annual Christmas tradition at Milligan.

“Our hope is that by giving our community a meaningful place to buy gifts that we will also be able to give them time to focus on the purpose of Christmas and avoid the typical mass consumerism,” Mosby said. “Less time spent purchasing gifts means more time spent with family, friends and preparing spiritually for the birth of Christ.”

Coffee, hot chocolate and baked goods also will be offered at the Advent Market. Cash and checks will be accepted at the booths.

To learn more about Milligan, visit www.milligan.edu.

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MILLIGAN COLLEGE is a Christian liberal arts college in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The college offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan College, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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