Sylvania First Changes Black Friday for Good with a Shop for Charity Event
Sylvania First United Methodist Church, 7000 Erie St., across from Plummer Pool, is revolutionizing Black Friday with a Black Friday Shop for Charity event. From 10 AM to 5 PM on Black Friday, Nov. 27, the church will serve as a marketplace for vendors who will give a portion of their proceeds for the day to charity.
Black Friday is the traditional start of the Christmas buying frenzy, which can overshadow the good news of Jesus’s birth. By purchasing presents at the Black Friday Shop for Charity, shoppers can give two gifts with each purchase – each gift for a loved one is also a gift to a non-profit organization. Each vendor has already chosen a non-profit or charity, and this will be clearly noted at their table. Shoppers can browse by charity as well as by gift item.
Vendors will include Equal Exchange (fair trade coffee and chocolate) benefiting the growers, Miche Bags (handbags and accessories) benefiting Hope Line, Usbourne Books (children’s educational books) benefiting Mom’s House, Headbands of Hope benefiting childhood cancer patients, Missions International of American benefiting missions in Haiti, Imagine No Malaria dedicated to eradicating malaria, Ten Thousand Villages (handcrafted goods) benefiting the third-world artisans, Mission Minded Cuties benefiting missions in Ethiopia. A more complete list will be available soon.
For more information on Sylvania First’s mission and outreach programs, visit www.sylvaniafirst.org or call the church office at 419-882-2205.