Church store helps people internationally and locally with fair trade items

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Hastings has a little known secret tucked away in the First Presbyterian Church. There is a store that sells fair trade items to help people in third world countries.

The Hands Around the World store has been open for over 20 years and it is usually only open on Sundays before and after service. Saturday it opened its doors to let more people come and buy items that can benefit someone miles away.

“The funds go back to the artisans for children to go to school, to have people become self sufficient is really one of the main goals,” Manager Pamela Lainson said.

The little bit of profit the church makes from the store goes towards people helping people locally.

“The small profit that we do make here we are able to give $100 a month to United Harvest,” Lainson said.

United Harvest meets once a month to help families in the Hastings area. In November, they served over 500 people in one day.