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Catholic Social Action Contact:

Cincinnati
Tony Stieritz – Director
Tammie Mers – Administrative Assistant

Catholic Social Action
100 East 8th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513) 421-3131 ext. 2660
Fax: (513) 421-1582
Email: csa@catholiccincinnati.org

Dayton Office
Pam Long – Regional Director

Catholic Social Action
1436 Needmore Road
Dayton, OH 45414
Phone: (937) 224-3026
Fax: (937) 341-5036
Email: csadayton@catholiccincinnati.org

Becky Kunkler – Northern Area Coordinator

Catholic Social Action
119 E. Water Street
Sidney, OH  45365
Phone:  (937) 498-1192
Phone:  (937) 224-3026 ext. 5015

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Fair Trade

Your shopping in Dayton helps improve lives around the world

Give the gift that gives twice and reaches all around the world without a shopper leaving Southwest Ohio.

The regional International Artisans Fair Trade Sale offers shoppers the opportunity to buy gifts for Christmas and improves the lives of families in developing countries.

This popular one-day sale moves to the University of Dayton’s River Campus for the first time on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The River Campus at 1700 S. Patterson Blvd. is across from the Carillon Historic Park in Dayton.

highland alpaca ornament“This year’s sale offers shoppers the opportunity to select exquisite handcrafted articles for the home, plus wearing apparel from jewelry to scarves and handbags and festive Christmas decorations from over 20 countries,” said Pam Long, Regional Director of the Catholic Social Action Office.

“Our items also reflect a response to the Holy Father’s call in his encyclical Laudato Si to care for our common home – earth. Shoppers will find eco-friendly items, such as wall hangings that artisans had re-fashioned from steel drums or handbags that are recycled cotton saris,” she said.

Dhaka In addition to Fair Trade items you can also choose among items created by people who have resettled in the United States and items produced at missions or by twinning parishes.

Enjoy entertainment throughout the day. Orgullo Mexicano and Alegría de México from Mexico  and Amasimbi dancers from Rwanda will perform along with award-winning singer-songwriter Nick Cardilino of the University of Dayton.

Parishes in the greater Dayton area, all members of the Weavers of Justice, a Catholic parish and organization collaborative, join together to create the Fair Trade Sale.

St. Albert parishioners, Cheryl Griffin and Susie Hogue, began what would turn into a regional sale at their home parish 12 years ago as a follow-up activity to a JustFaith program. Bergamo Retreat Center hosted the sale for the next eight years and St. Peter Church for two years.

For more information call Pam Long, Catholic Social Action Office, Archdiocese of Cincinnati, at 937-224-3026 ext. 5018 or plong@catholiccincinnati.org

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati is the 38th largest Catholic diocese in the country, with almost 500,000 Catholics, and has the sixth largest network of Catholic schools in terms of enrollment.  The 19-county territory includes 211 parishes and 111 Catholic primary and secondary schools.

Can’t wait for the Fair Trade Sale in December?

You can shop year-round for fairly-traded gifts, visit the Catholic Relief Services/SERRV website and be sure to indicate you are shopping as a CRS customer.