Supporting Communities Across the Street and Around the World
One of our great passions in our life is supporting underprivileged people. When we were in the planning stages of opening our boutique we really worked hard at trying to find a way to incorporate this philosophy in our shop. Whether people in need were living across the street or anywhere in the world, we wanted a way to give back to our community, locally or globally.
Having attended a local fair trade market I discovered the “African AIDS Angels”. To my great delight I found out that it was a few local women here in Qualicum Beach that get together weekly and handcraft these lovely angels using mostly donated items. Each angel is given a typical African name along with its English translation in honor of a child that is affected by HIV or AIDS. The sale of the Angels supports 4 different projects in South Africa and in Malawi. 100% of the sale of these angels goes to support these projects.
Needless to say I was thrilled to learn this. My husband and I have a tender place in our hearts for Africa, having traveled there three times to work among the underprivileged, and those suffering from HIV. These angels are a regular feature in our boutique and all the proceeds of the sales go to support this vital work.
We are also very conscious of supporting our local community whenever possible. We work with a variety of community organizations, from those that work with our homeless, and yes Oceanside does have a homeless population, to providing our expertise at different community events; such as our local chamber with their yearly Gala event.
This week we are supporting our local Rotary with all the supplies and roses for their dozen rose “ Attitude of Gratitude” fundraiser event. Fresh n Fabulous will be providing 350 dozen roses, yes that’s 4,200 roses. An astonishing amount! Impossible for a small boutique to provide! Not really. With a little effort and organization it all comes together and it works, and is just another small way that we can give back to a community that supports us.
Yes we have found our way to embrace the idea; "Across the street and Around the world… People helping People…." One of our Fresh n Fabulous passions.