Clarkston refugees craft City Bazaar

On Dec. 3, 2016 the City Church-Eastside hosted a litany of refugees from Clarkston Ga. who sold their handmade goods. Many of the goods featured a hangtag which gave a brief story of the item as well as a biography of the creator.

December 9, 2016

 

Members of City Church-Eastside volunteered for the event and handed out flyers.
Members of City Church-Eastside volunteered for the event and handed out flyers.
Tapestries adorned the walls. A long narrow hallway led to the main event.
Tapestries adorned the walls. A long narrow hallway led to the main event.

 

On Dec. 3, 2016 the City Church-Eastside hosted a litany of refugees from Clarkston Ga. who sold their handmade goods. Many of the goods featured a hangtag which gave a brief story of the item as well as a biography of the creator. 

The area surrounding the fair was abounding with joy. Despite being a first time event burdened with limited spacing everyone in attendance buzzed with optimism. Among the artisans selling goods food vendors also set up shop and some charities which volunteered with local Clarkston High Schools had set up tables to display their progress.

Every item is handmade. The tags share a personal story about each refugees experience which led to them creating their pieces.
The sewing society made an appearance. Each member showed up in person to explain the cultural significance of each piece.

Goods were sold and memories were made. A volunteer set up a kids station in the middle of the event with arts and crafts. 

Children of all ages were allowed to participate. The floor surrounding the kids station was splattered with paint.

A large variety of books were sold. The profits went towards Charities. Lights blinked above the book stall as the thrall of the market carried on.  A volunteer explained to a group of onlookers how the money went towards helping “Well over 150 refugees go to school.” Each booth radiated positivity. Sellers and volunteers alike were heavily invested in their cause. 

The food line was stretched around the area as the volunteers children tried to handle the hungry crowd.

Amongst the festivities serious organizations spread their message. New American Pathways helps refugees resettle and acclimate to their new environments. 

“There have not been this many refugees since World War II,” A New American Pathways volunteer said to an inquiring person.

The sober message brought by the charities attendance as well as the diverse gathering lead to a successful morning filled with education and fun.

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