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Puerto Vallarta News NetworkNews from Around Banderas Bay | November 2007 

Gifts That Give
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Don't miss the Gifts That Give sale November 23rd and 24th from noon-10 pm at Epoca Restaurant on the Malecon extension.
Get a jump on your holiday shopping by stopping by Epoca Restaurant on November 23 and 24 for the Gifts That Give sale, which will exhibit and sell folk art produced by local women. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to an emergency aid fund.

Baskets made from newspapers and beach totes crocheted from plastic grocery bags are just some of the unique items to be found at the Gifts That Give sale, which will exhibit and sell folk art produced by local women.

Get a jump on your holiday shopping by stopping by:
EPOCA Restaurant
Aquiles Serdan #174
Bottom floor of Condominios Vista del Sol
November 23 and 24, 2007
Noon - 10 pm

You will certainly find many unusual gifts at 16 different vendor tables. Donations from vendors will go into an emergency aid fund for life threatening children's medical needs.

One of the contributors to this event is PEACE, which is a charity association acting as an umbrella organization over a variety of groups, one is Manos Unidas por la Mujer. This program gives women a forum to experiment with various craft projects while acquiring business skills, and earning an income while working at home.

The ladies of Manos Unidas por la Mujer get crafty with a wide variety of materials and most of their creations are made from recycled goods, newspapers, plastic grocery bags and can tabs. The ladies think their handi-work is pretty neat and they like to show off their achievements and innovative designs. They meet at various schools, while their children attend after school programs or they work in their homes.

Yolanda Medina Oseguera made enough to buy a sewing machine and she says, "The invite all the women to participate, I keep doing the projects and making money. We learn lots of different things so it is never boring."

The benefits of Manos Unidas por la Mujer goes beyond earning potential. Women often feel proud of themselves, an increase in self-esteem, they become more talkative and share knowledge with other women.

In Mexico only 68 percent of students entering the first grade will complete nine years of basic education. Children must work to help support the family. The thrust of this program gives mom extra money which enables the kids to stay in school longer, thus helping themselves and the community.

While you are at the sale don't forget to stop at the PEACE information table. There you can find everything about volunteering for the various organizations.
A Banderas Bay non-profit organization, PEACE acts as an umbrella organization for four charitable programs, Casa Comunidad, Ayuda Los Animales (Help The Animals), a Women's Co-Op (Manos de Mujeres Unidas) and Community Pride. It is a U.S. non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, which accepts tax-deductible donations and a Mexican Civil Association that issues facturas for donations. For more information, please visit or click HERE to read more about PEACE
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