Alternative Gift Giving this Christmas!
Fair and Ethical Trade Gifts
Chocolate! * Artisanal Handcrafts! * Christmas Ornaments! * Coffee!
Have you ever thought about how every purchasing decision you make has moral implications? What if you could do Christmas shopping that brought joy not only to your own loved ones, but to people around the world who want to work for a fair wage and to support their own loved ones?
The St. Max Kolbe has partnered with Serrv International - a nonprofit dedicated to fighting global poverty through fair and ethical trade. Serrv International works to fight poverty and improve lives through handwork. Behind every fair trade handcraft item sold, there's a story of positive change. For over 70 years Serrv has worked with marginalized artisans and farmers who are empowered by sustainable employment, fair wages, and safe working conditions. These artisans find security and dignity in their work. They create stronger and healthier communities. They send their children to school. They hand down traditions of cultural craft.
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Fair and ethical trade gift giving is an effort to put the words of Pope Francis into action:
“We were created with a vocation to work. The goal should not be that technological progress increasingly replace human work, for this would be detrimental to humanity. Work is a necessity, part of the meaning of life on this earth, a path to growth, human development and personal fulfillment. Helping the poor financially must always be a provisional solution in the face of pressing needs. The broader objective should always be to allow them a dignified life through work. Yet the orientation of the economy has favored a kind of technological progress in which the costs of production are reduced by laying off workers and replacing them with machines. This is yet another way in which we can end up working against ourselves.”
From On Care of Our Common Home