Advent Market to raise awareness for non-profit organizations

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, TN (Nov. 19, 2013) — Milligan College will host its second annual Advent Market on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 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 representing more than 20 local artists from the Tri-Cities, as well as a few products made by Milligan students. Items for sale will include jewelry, bags, coffee, ornaments, stationary and a variety of other handmade merchandise and gifts.

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.

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. This year, a few Milligan students will be selling their own handcrafted items to raise funds for mission trips.

“Whether they’re volunteering or selling items at the Advent Market, our students are excited to take an active role in an event that spotlights the good work of missions and non-profit organizations,” said Kristal Dove, director of campus activities. “At the end of the day, our primary goal for the Advent Market is to raise awareness for some worthwhile organizations that do good work ― not just at Christmas, but throughout the year.”

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 800-447-5922.

Posted: November 19, 2013