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Latty church to host sale of Haitian handmade items
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 5:35 PM

LATTY – A little slice of Haiti is coming to our area. A group of local women is hosting the Pumpkin Soup Boutique at the Latty Apostolic Christian Fellowship Hall on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1-2.

The boutique will feature high-quality handmade items from Centre Lumiere, a school in southern Haiti, and all proceeds from the sale will benefit the school and the families of the women who work there.

Centre Lumiere was founded in 1977 by a German missionary whose goal was to educate women in the skills necessary to earn a living with dignity.

The women are trained in hygiene, nutrition, embroidery, crocheting, sewing, cooking, and Bible studies. Some graduates will hopefully return to their villages and open small satellite schools, while others participate in the self-help program, handcrafting items for the Pumpkin Soup Boutique. Over 150 women participate in this program.

Many of these handmade items will be on display at the open house this weekend. Women’s articles for sale include crocheted headbands and flowers, greeting cards, purses, tote bags, hats, scarves, sweaters, aprons and shawls.

Children’s items include backpacks, lounge wear sets, clothing, aprons, hair accessories, bibs, bucket bags, hats, scarves, taggie blocks and blankets, and clothing for 18-inch dolls.

There will also be many home items for sale, including tablecloths, napkins, afghans, throw pillows, dishcloths, dish towels, pot holders, casserole carriers, doilies and table runners. Additionally, many reduced-price products will be available.

The women involved in hosting this event feel blessed to be a part of this program and hope the community will come show their support. Everyone can help someone while starting their Christmas shopping, a gift that gives back!

The Pumpkin Soup Boutique will be held at the Latty Apostolic Christian Fellowship Hall, located at 12867 Rd. 82, Paulding. It is one mile south of Latty, just west of U.S. 127.

Hours for the open house are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Refreshments will be available, and a slide presentation of Centre Lumiere will be ongoing. Cash, checks, credit cards, and donations will be accepted.