Giving life to missions is the mission statement of the “Our Giving Tree” Bookstore and Gift Shop. The shop is entirely volunteer-staffed. Stop in and browse unique and handcrafted fair-trade items from around the world and American-made items, too. Home and kitchen decor, hand-made dishware, baskets, jewelry, scarves, handbags, delicious chocolates, and gourmet coffees are just a few of the items you will find. You can feel good about your purchase, knowing that it improves the lives of artisans and farmers worldwide since all proceeds go to missions. Over $30,000 has been given to missions since the store’s opening in 2009.
“Our Giving Tree” is located at First United Methodist Church (72 Lake Morton Drive, Lakeland, 33801). The store is on the left in the Welcome Center on the first floor of the C Building. For easiest access, turn onto Vistabula Street and park in the lot across from the Sorosis Building. Parking is convenient and free.
Beacon of Hope Ministries
Located in Nairobi, Kenya, Beacon of Hope is a center for women infected or affected by HIV or AIDS. Beacon of Hope offers vocational training, a clinic and a school. You can find a large selection of hand-made items from Beacon of Hope in our bookstore. Proceeds from the sales of Beacon of Hope items provide ongoing support for the women and their families. For more information about Beacon of Hope, click here.
Mr. Ellie Pooh®
Since 1950, over 4,000 wild elephants have been killed in Sri Lanka not by poachers in search of ivory or meat but by farmers because of damage the elephants caused to crops as they searched for food. As a way to bridge the gap between the elephants and local farmers, Dr. Karl Wald founded Mr. Ellie Pooh, a line of 100% recycled paper products sustainably made from 50% post consumer fiber and 50% elephant dung. Thoroughly cleaned and processed, the result is a uniquely beautiful linen-like paper. In our bookstore, you can find notepaper, memo pads, stationery, bookmarks and notebooks. For more information abou Mr. Ellie Pooh, click here.
Serrv believes artisans and farmers around the world should have the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty and support their families through fair payments and respectful relationships. As a result, every product they offer has a story behind it of an empowered artisan or farmer who works in a safe environment, is able to send his or her children to school and can save for the future with reliable income. In our bookstore, you can find Serrv jewelry, linens, serving dishes, garden decor, home decor, scarves and accessories. For more information about Serrv, click here.
In 1997, an Episcopal priest in Nashville, Tennessee named Becca Stevens founded Magdalene, a residential program for women who have survived prostitution, trafficking, addiction and life on the streets. Residents and graduates of Magdalene produce Thistle Farms brand natural bath and body products that are as good for the earth as they are for the body. Purchases of Thistle Farms products directly benefit the women by whom they were made. In our bookstore, you can find Thistle Farms body lotions and soaps, lip balms, soy candles and scented room sprays. For more information on Thistle Farms, click here.