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International Fair Trade Shop Asks Customers to Give Back to Refugees

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A nonprofit international fair trade shop in Charlottesville is asking customers to give back to people who flee their countries to find freedom in the United States.

Ten Thousand Villages on the downtown mall has partnered with the International Rescue Committee to collect basic items for refugees coming into the country.

These refugees are often invited here by the U.S. Government to escape whatever crisis may be happening in their home country.

Assistant manager Valerie Nyhius said, "They help folks who have to leave their home country for a variety of reasons, persecution, or unrest, just economic hardship and most of those folks come to the states with only what they can carry."

Ten Thousand Villages is collecting personal care items such as shampoo, body wash, tooth brushes and soap.

They do have a fair trade soap available in the store to purchase and then give back to the collection.

Donations will be accepted all of July.

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