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Buy fair trade, help the homeless

Ten Thousand Villages in Central Park has several upcoming opportunities to help the Thurman Brisben Center.

Thurman Brisben Center. The fair-trade store encourages people to drop off items on the homeless shelter’s wish list.

These items include:  spices, tuna, coffee, filters, tea, toothpaste and hand sanitizer.  Donations can be dropped off during normal business hours until Dec. 17.

Ten Thousand Villages is also collecting bus fares for residents at Thurman Brisben. A donation of 50 cents buys a bus fare for a shelter resident. These bus tickets will be used to decorate a tree at the nonprofit store, located next to Carrabba’s in Central Park.

And on Friday, Dec. 17, from 4:30–8:30 p.m., 15 percent of the store’s sales will be donated to Thurman Brisben. The evening will include a musical performance and refreshments. For details, call 540/785-9967.