Montreat Ten Thousand Villages shopping benefit for Helpmate, March 16

Press release from Ten Thousand Villages Montreat:

On this Saturday afternoon, 15% of your purchase at Ten Thousand Villages Montreat supports Helpmate. For 40 years Helpmate has served as Buncombe County’s primary provider of crisis-level services designed specifically for–and offered exclusively to–victims of domestic violence and their children.  Helpmate empowers each client to create a life free from violence by providing safety, shelter, counseling and advocacy.  For more information about Helpmate’s programs, visit

In honor of International Women’s Day, and in support of the Helpmate benefit, Sahara Peace Choir will present a free concert at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday March 10, in the Huckleberry Café adjacent to Ten Thousand Villages in Montreat. The Sahara Women’s Choir was founded in 2008 by Annelinde Metzner with Roberta Newman, to support peace among Muslims, Christians and Jews via the Friendship Force. Sahara sings for women’s empowerment, world peace and healing. The concert will include heart-opening songs of world peace and understanding, sung in beautiful harmonies.

Ten Thousand Villages is a fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted gifts, home décor, jewelry, textiles, art and sculpture from over 30 developing countries, with a network of over 50 stores in the U.S, For over 70 years Ten Thousand Villages has been establishing long-term buying relationships in places where skilled artisans lack opportunities for stable income. All artisans are fairly paid for their products.

Ten Thousand Villages is located at 303 Lookout Road, Montreat, in the Moore Center. Contact the store for more information about the March 10 event at, or 
(828) 669-1406. Ten Thousand Villages spring store hours (extended hours starting March 10) are:
Monday through Saturday, 10:00AM. -6:00PM. Sunday 1:00 PM -4 PM.

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