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Ten Thousand Villages in Media Offers Gifts, Discounts for Donations to Disadvantaged Kids

Area children served by Cradles to Crayons will be beneficiaries of holiday event

Ten Thousand Villages in Media will hold a community shopping event on December 20, and will earmark 15 percent of sales that evening for Cradles to Crayons, and offer holiday gifts and 25 percent purchase discounts to shoppers who donate money or needed clothes or footwear for children served by the local nonprofit.

The event will be held Friday, December 20, from 5 – 9 p.m. The local Ten Thousand Villages is located at 101 W. State Street.

“Ten Thousand Villages is proud to host this important drive benefitting disadvantaged children in our community,” said Lisa McSain, manager of the Media store. “We are pleased to join forces with Cradles to Crayons in this event, which represents a ‘win-win-win’ – for Cradles to Crayons, for our shoppers, and for the artisans worldwide who are responsible for the unique collection of handmade items sold in our store.” 

Cradles to Crayons addresses the poverty faced by one in five children in the Greater Philadelphia region by collecting and providing new and nearly new daily essentials that disadvantaged children, birth through age 12, need to thrive – at home, at school and at play.

   - Customers who make a monetary or in-kind donation to Cradles to Crayons during the December 20 holiday shopping event will receive a hand-carved olive wood ornament and a 25%-off-one-item coupon good on their next visit to the Ten Thousand Villages in Media store between January 2 and February 15, 2014. In-kind donations include, for example, a new or nearly new child’s winter coat or sneakers, or new socks or underwear.

   - Cradles to Crayons will receive the cash donations along with children’s clothes, footwear and winter coats for the children they serve.

   - The artisans behind the unique handmade gifts, jewelry, home decor, art and sculpture, textiles, serveware and personal accessories earn vital income, assured through Ten Thousand Villages’ fair trade practices, which provide up to 50 percent in cash advances when an order is placed, and payment in full when an order is shipped.

“Cradles to Crayons cannot thank enough the Media Ten Thousand Villages store, which is making it possible – and convenient – for shoppers to help the one in five children in this region who live in poverty,” said Michal Smith, executive director of the Cradles to Crayons. “And never is this support more critical than in the winter months when the essentials packed into KidPacks are supplemented with coats, boots, sweaters, mittens and hats, making the final months of the year our most financially demanding – and the most difficult for the children and families we serve.” 

Cradles to Crayons has distributed more than one million essential children’s items to 100,000-plus disadvantaged and underserved children in the Greater Philadelphia region in the past five years, and provides invaluable civic opportunities for 1,400-plus volunteers each month.


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