Holiday Shopping Supports Women and Youth Locally and Globally

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by Corrie Pelc, published on December 10, 2010 at 7:16AM

Members of Soroptimist International of Sacramento (SIS) are always on the look-out for ways to help raise money for agencies that provide services to “at-risk” children and women, both locally and globally.

At this year’s Holiday Store in Loehmann’s Plaza, SIS will raise funds for Soroptimist charitable projects in the Sacramento region through the sale of See’s Candies®. Some of the projects supported by the See’s Candies profits are programs to help stop human trafficking provided by Sacramento’s My Sister’s House — a 24-hour help center for women and children impacted by domestic violence in the Central Valley’s Asian and Pacific Islander community — and assistance to foster youth through the Independent Living Program at Sacramento County.

This year, through its Holiday Store, SIS is joining with other Soroptimist Clubs in the Sierra Nevada Region by supporting the Solar Cookers Project of Jewish World Watch by gathering donations of $30 for each solar cooker provided. The project aids the women of Darfur, who have been relocated to refugee camps in Chad to escape the genocide occurring in their homeland. In order to cook dinner for their families, refugee women and girls are forced to leave the camps to search for firewood braving possible beatings, rape or worse. Each solar cooker purchased allows refugee women and girls to feed their families through using the power of the sun, so firewood is no longer needed. Additionally, the project is income-generating, providing the women with employment to put the solar cookers together and training other women and girls in camps on how to use them.

This year, SIS will team up with members of Soroptimist International of Sacramento South to operate the temporary See’s Candies store, located at 2527 Fair Oaks Blvd. in Loehmann’s Plaza (the corner of Fair Oaks Blvd. and Fulton Ave.) The store is located between the European Wax Center and the Briar Patch. The store is open December 1-24 from 10:00 am and 6:00 pm, and is staffed entirely by volunteer Soroptimist members.

About Soroptimist International of Sacramento
Soroptimist International of Sacramento (S.I.S.) was established in 1923, the fifth oldest club in the world. Currently there are almost 95,000 Soroptimists in 120 countries around the world. S.I.S. is very active in raising funds for and providing services to activities and organizations which assist “at-risk” women and children in our community and world-wide. For more information, visit http://www.soroptimistsacramento.com.

from: http://www.sacramentopress.com/headline/42120/Holiday_Shopping_Supports_Women_and_Youth_Locally_and_Globally

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