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Milligan’s Advent Market offers charitable alternative to Christmas shopping

Photo by Brandon Hicks, Elizabethton Star
Photo by Brandon Hicks, Elizabethton Star

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (Nov. 24, 2014) — Milligan College will host its third annual Advent Market on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 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 offer products including bags, jewelry, ornaments and a variety of other handmade gifts. More than 15 local artisans, as well as non-profit organizations, will have booths at the market and share in continuing this Milligan Christmas tradition.

For the second year in a row, Milligan students will also be selling their crafts and creations in order to raise support for a charity or a missions opportunity.

One of those students is junior Harper Severance. She will be selling hand-crocheted scarves, bracelets and letter-stamped washer jewelry.

“I am so grateful that I get the opportunity to share my creative gifts with the community, while raising funds for my mission work,” said Severance.

The proceeds from her crafts will go towards her internship at Casa Shalom Orphanage located in San Lucas, Guatemala, which is home to over 100 orphans.

Sophomore Victoria Rivera, along with other students, will be selling bracelets made by The Apparent Project, which assists Haitian families in need. Half of the proceeds will benefit that organization, while the other half will go to support the Hands & Feet 5K at Milligan, which benefits orphanages in Haiti.

The non-profit organizations taking part in the Advent Market will use proceeds to benefit charities like Rapha House, which exists to rescue and heal children from trafficking and sexual exploitation, as well as the Starfish Project, an organization that empowers, employs and cares for exploited women in Asia through a socially responsible jewelry business.

“In sponsoring this event, our hope is to create an opportunity to support multiple ministries, non-profit organizations, local artisans and our own students, while also providing a meaningful gift alternative to other shopping stores,” said Kristal Dove, director of campus activities.

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Posted by on November 24, 2014.