Mission Mall and cookie walk event supports nonprofits

Monday, November 11, 2019 | 12:01 AM

The Mission Mall and Cookie Walk will be a simple way to benefit nonprofits and those in need on Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church on 1965 Ferguson Road in Allison Park.

The Mission Mall features more than 20 local and international nonprofits selling fair trade and handcrafted items. They feature local artisans and those from developing countries.

Everything sold will directly benefit the nonprofits that are selling them, said coordinator Kate Neville.

“The more people that come to the Mission Mall and shop, the more money the groups make,” said Neville. “It brings together 20 nonprofits under one roof, each with unique and interesting items for sale.”

With a total of 38 large tables, each group’s sales proceeds are theirs, which makes this a unique way to do some early holiday shopping. St. Paul’s does not charge anything or take any percentage of their sales, she said.

“We want the money to stay with them to enhance and support each group’s mission work,” she said.

A varied, and wide range of items will be for sale including home decor, Christmas items, fair trade coffee and chocolates, woodcarvings, hand-knitted hats and scarves, lots of jewelry, and much more, she said.

The Mission Mall also gives shoppers the opportunity to find out about the work each group does, she said.

Mary Sheehan, a volunteer at the Olive Branch, said they’ve been a vendor at the Mission Mall for years. She likes that they’re not required to purchase a table to sell their items like most craft events.

The Olive Branch sells fair trade handcrafted items from around the world, said Sheehan. The organization, which has a storefront at its Wexford location, helps people in poverty-stricken areas of the world to sell their items and be self-sufficient.

“It’s all people selling things to help other people and that’s great,” said Sheehan of Marshall Township.

Neville said other examples of vendors include nonprofits BeadforLife, Ten Thousand Villages, Ugandan Gold Coffee, and Hope for Ghana. These are international nonprofits with local representatives.

On top of Mission Mall is the cookie walk. Hundreds of types of cookies can be bought. Cookies cost $9 per pound.

“There are dozens of different varieties, plus nut rolls, pumpkin rolls, and breads,” she said.