November 12, 2022 10:00am - 3:00pm
Address: Redeemer Church, 5501 Windsor Rd. , Loves Park, IL US 61111
What is Purchase With a Purpose?
Purchase With a Purpose is our annual fair trade Christmas market. We partner with Gospel-centered organizations from around the globe who provide products based on fair-trade practices; striving to economically empower their artisans through craft training and financial stability. Each organization has a different vision and focus: some are working to provide relief for orphaned children in Africa, some to work to end the poverty cycle in Haiti, and more. Check out the organization list on the bottom if you want to learn more about what each organization's mission is.
Why should I come?
Every year we have the opportunity to provide the community with incredibly well-made, hand-crafted products. We have the event just before Thanksgiving, which makes it a perfect time to come out and do your Christmas shopping for the year. You'll get some beautiful items for yourself or for others, and your money goes directly towards these artisans and the organizations that are supporting them.
What do you do with the money?
Redeemer Church doesn't keep any of the money. Almost all of the money is sent back to the organizations that provided the product. Any "profit", such as from the food items, is donated to one of our partner organizations; each year we choose one organization that will receive those extra funds - for 2021 it was Compassion International. All donations made beyond product purchased will also go towards this organization. The equipment for the event, such as the tent, the heaters, come out of the church's budget, enabling every dollar spent at Purchase With a Purpose to go to the organizations providing product.
How many organizations will be there?
Last year there was representation for 19 different organizations, in different capacities. There were 15 tables of hand-crafted items, along with coffee and baked goods that could be purchased. You can see a list of last years organizations below, and we'll update the list with this year's organizations as we get closer to the day.
Can I bring my kids?
Absolutely! We love seeing kids running around, having fun, learning about these organizations, and we even have a KidZone with some fun activities to keep them engaged and make this an event they won't forget!
Will there be food provided?
We are going to have snack foods, such as popcorn, available at the event. As the day gets closer, we will update with the specifics of the available food.
There will also be hot coffee, hot chocolate, and cider available for purchase.
Last year, you sent over $26,000 dollars to the organizations who were represented!
Watch the recap video from 2021's Purchase with a Purpose:
Organizations that were represented last year
- Ornaments 4 Orphans
- Apparent Project
- Khutsala Artisans
- Eden Ministries
- First Love International
- Rahabs Rope
- Compassion Tea
- Thai Village
- Compelled Designs
- Compassion International
- Amani Africa
- Project Lydia
- Prodigal Pottery
- Rockford ReMade
- Carabello Coffee
- Sak Saum
- Credit/Debit/Cash will all be accepted. For questions, please contact Jamie Opperman.