Shary Hauer
GFWC North Pinellas Woman’s Club Media Relations

Do Good, Feel Good This Holiday Season: Shop Local for a Worthy Cause!

43rd Christmas Under the Oaks Holiday Market Showcases Amazing Gifts That Give Back to Global and Local Humanitarian Efforts

September 17, 2019 CLEARWATER, FL – This holiday season, why not buy locally to benefit globally? Let 2019 be the year you give holiday gifts that make a difference in bettering the world.

You can….and all in one place! This year’s 43rd Christmas Under the Oaks holiday market features an exciting line-up of new exhibitors–including an impressive array of local charities– food vendors and entertainment. GFWC North Pinellas Woman’s Club looks forward to hosting over 150 exhibitors and welcoming thousands of guests at St. Petersburg College’s spacious outdoor Clearwater campus November 10, 2019, 9-4.

Holiday shoppers will be delighted by this year’s marketplace of distinctive handcrafted wreaths and ornaments, beautiful jewelry, tasty artisan foods, wearable art, eye-catching pottery and glassware, home accents, and whimsical garden décor and many more unique treasures.

Shopper Alert!!  If you’re looking for truly one-of-a-kind, can’t-find-it-anywhere-else gifts, you will be dazzled by the offerings from our non-profit friends, including:

  • Stunning handmade jewelry from the rain forests
  • Shawls and ponchos made in the Andean mountains
  • Vibrant hand-stitched bags called the “Vera Bradley Bag of Africa”
  • Handmade African jewelry and ornaments
  • Cool inspirational bracelets made from recycled t-shirts

And, here’s the BEST part: All of our featured non-profits are founded by local Tampa Bay women! Imagine how good you will feel knowing your purchases directly support orphans in Guatemala, Kenyans living positively with HIV, Syrian refugees and recovering addicts right here in Tampa Bay.

Here are just a few of our outstanding non-profit exhibitors:

Bless the Children  Tapestry of Love’s exotic collection made by Andean Mountain artisans includes unusual jewelry made from the seeds of tagua and acai palm trees, handloomed alpaca blend shawls, ponchos and purses, and hand-forged silver jewelry. Bless the Children is a non-profit charitable organization that has been helping orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children for nearly 30 years. Founded by Clearwater resident Karen Hubbard, Bless the Childrenworks with artistic indigenous families in South America to give them the means to help their children gain improved health and nutrition and the opportunity to go to school. 100% of your purchases will support vulnerable children.

Bagamoyo: Buy a bag and give hope. When you buy a one-of-a-kind Bagamoyo bag, know that 100% of your purchase goes to supporting families and children suffering from HIV/AIDS and orphaned, abandoned and abused children in Kenya. The bags, made from traditional African materials, are called the “Vera Bradley” of Africa! Bagamoyo will also be selling handmade ornaments and jewelry from Africa. Molly Mitchell Waits, from Dunedin, moved to Kenya to open this non-profit.  Bagamoyo is a sewing project born out of Springs of Hope Kenya (SOHK), where Molly has cultivated love and hope for vulnerable children since 2009.

Recover T: Recycling T-Shirts, Recovering Lives. Be sure to shop early, as this collection will sell out fast. Recover T’s hip jewelry is fashioned out of unwanted t-shirts and old clothing, adorned with inspiring messages, including Love Never Fails, Let Your Faith Be Stronger Than Your Fear and All is Well With My Soul. Evelyn Wesel, founder said, “Everything is handmade locally in Tampa Bay by women who are in early recovery from addiction. It’s all come full circle to where it started and I am SO thankful for the opportunity to share with others what Recover T did for me in my early sobriety!”

Shopping for a cause is feel good shopping at Christmas Under the Oaks!

About Christmas Under the Oaks

What:   GFWC North Pinellas Woman’s Club 43rd Christmas Under the Oaks Holiday Market

When:  Sunday, November 10, 2019; 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Where: Beautiful outdoor setting under the oaks at St. Petersburg College Clearwater Campus 2465 Drew St. Clearwater, FL  33765

Admission: Free!
Parking: Free!

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PLEASE NOTE:  The college does not allow pets or emotional support animals on campus. ONLY ADA CERTIFIED ANIMALS ARE PERMITTED.

About GFWC North Pinellas Woman’s Club

GFWC North Pinellas Woman’s Club is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization united in our passion to positively impact lives in Pinellas County. Members are very active in a variety of community improvement projects and strive to address all aspects of the community, including foster children, the homeless, school systems, civic duties and social responsibilities, and environmental issues.  Visit our website to see to see the impact we’ve made.

About the General Federation of Women’s Clubs

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is a unifying force, bringing together local women’s clubs, with members dedicated to strengthening their communities and enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. With over 80,000 members in affiliated clubs in every state and more than a dozen countries, GFWC members are community leaders who work locally to create global change by supporting the arts, preserving natural resources, advancing education, promoting healthy lifestyles, encouraging civic involvement, and working toward world peace and understanding.


Press Release: GFWC North Pinellas Woman’s Club Announces 43rd Christmas Under the Oaks Holiday Market