New York International Gift Fair donates to Haiti

By natalie

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It sometimes takes great tragedy, such as the disaster in Haiti, to make us realize that charity is the greatest gift.  It is no wonder, then, that the New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF) has established a variety of initiatives for this year’s fair to collect donations for Haitian relief efforts.

The NYIGF is now allowing participants to make individual donations through NYIGF’s Handmade® Division from January 30 to February 3 at the Jacob Javits Center.  The NYIGF has collaborated with Aid to Artisans, an international non-profit organization dedicated to promoting economic development in the craft sector, to identify companies selling Haitian products. Together, the two organizations have coordinated a list of exhibitors donating portions of onsite proceeds to relief efforts, charitable organizations, and directly to Haitian artisans.

Currently, a group of 23 Handmade exhibitors plan to donate proceeds from sales at the NYIGF to Haiti. Participating exhibitors include:

Acacia Creations; Aid to Artisans; alexandra ferguson; Alison Blair Studio Jewelry Designs; Angie Olami Inc.; Aster+Sage®; CALLALOO; Dwelling, LLC; Eco-Brazil Corp/Echo-the-World; Ethnic Pride Marketing; Hila; Laurel Denise; Lea’s Alphabets; Lulu Designs; Madera Exotic Woods, LLC; Manos de Madres; One World Projects; Sarah Cavender Metalworks; Tesoros Trading Company; The Niger Bend; Vilmain; Wasabi; and Watchcraft.

Also, NYIGF has made direct donations to two relief organizations: Artisan Grant Initiative (AGI) of Vital Edge Aid, a humanitarian micro-aid organization supporting indigenous artisan communities in Haiti, and AmeriCares®, a nonprofit disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization which provides immediate response to emergency medical needs.

Proving that no donation is too small, NYIGF will set-up donation collection points at several points on the Handmade exhibit floor, where exhibitors and attendees can make individual donations starting from $1.

The NYIGF will take place from January 30 – February 4 at the Javits Center and Pier 94.  For more information on the NYIGF, click here.

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