This Christmas, sending a Christmas card can do more than bring greetings to your friends and family – it can make a difference in lives on the other side of the globe.
By purchasing hand-crafted Christmas cards through 27 & Oak, the Buckner International marketplace, you’re helping the artisans Buckner serves internationally make a living and supporting ministry to help others work toward self-sufficiency.
The initial offerings from 27 & Oak have been created by Willys, a Buckner Kenya foster and adoptive parent as well as an entrepreneur. An artist with 20 years of experience, he has handmade each card from banana leaves and other local materials. He sells the cards in order to support his family.
“My life rotates around these cards,” he said.
27 & Oak gives the vulnerable families and craftsman access to the global market, empowering those struggling under the weight of poverty to work toward self-sufficiency and support their families.
Buckner helps many of the people it serves through Buckner Family Hope Centers learn a trade they can use to support and strengthen their families, but the market for goods where they live is limited. Through 27 & Oak, those same goods are made available to the global market through the Internet, empowering the families Buckner ministers to as well as investing into Buckner services that serve additional families.
“Poverty is one of the major challenges vulnerable children and families face,” said Chris Cato, Buckner director of operational excellence. “Buckner comes alongside these families, equipping and empowering them to overcome. Income generation is critical. 27 & Oak connects these artisans to people like you. When you buy a handmade item, you are providing critical income for a family – helping them provide food, clothing and an education for their children.”
In addition to Willys’ Christmas cards, 27 & Oak also offers a selection of his handmade greeting cards as well as unique t-shirts. It soon will be adding additional products made by more artisans. Shop now by visiting buckner.org/27andOak or click here.