As for me, I know of nothing else but miracles. - Walt Whitman

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Pumpkin Soup Boutique - Help For Haiti Benefit

A little slice of Haiti is coming to our area next weekend! We are hosting the Pumpkin Soup Boutique at the Latty Apostolic Christian Fellowship Hall next Friday and Saturday, November 1 & 2. The boutique will feature high-quality handmade items from Centre Lumiere, a school in southern Haiti, and all proceeds from the sale will benefit the school and the families of the women who work there.

Centre Lumiere was founded in 1977 by a German missionary, whose goal was to educate women in the skills necessary to earn a living with dignity. The women are trained in hygiene, nutrition, embroidery, crocheting, sewing, cooking, and Bible studies. Some graduates will hopefully return to their villages and open small satellite schools, while others participate in the self-help program, handcrafting items for the Pumpkin Soup Boutique. Over 150 women participate in this program.

Many of these handmade items will be on display at the open house. Women’s articles for sale include crocheted headbands and flowers, greeting cards, purses, tote bags, hats, scarves, sweaters, aprons and shawls. Children’s items include backpacks, loungewear sets, clothing, aprons, hair accessories, bibs, bucket bags, hats, scarves, taggie blocks and blankets, and clothing for 18 inch dolls. There will also be many home items for sale, including tablecloths, napkins, afghans, throw pillows, dishcloths, dish towels, potholders, casserole carriers, doilies, and table runners. Additionally, many reduced-price products will be available.

We hope that you will come show your support!  You can help someone while starting your Christmas shopping – a gift that gives back!
The Pumpkin Soup Boutique will be held at the Latty Apostolic Christian Fellowship Hall, located at 12867 Rd. 82, Paulding. It is one mile south of Latty, just west of U.S. 127. Hours for the open house are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Refreshments will be available, and a slide presentation of Centre Lumiere will be ongoing. Cash, checks, credit cards, and donations will be accepted.

Examples of a few of the items that will be sold include:

Tote bags and purses


 Head wraps/Ear warmers

Embroidered greeting cards

Girl and Doll matching outfits

Scarves (Winter and fashion)

Lots of hair accessories, including reversible headbands, flowers, and hair clips

Burp cloths

Women's wear

Clothing for 18 inch dolls

Tutu onesies

Hope to see you there!


  1. What's the price range for the items?

  2. Prices range from under $5 to $60 or $70 for some of the larger items (afghans or tablecloths). Some sample prices are as follows:
    Scarves $10
    Doll outfits $15 - $25
    Burp cloths $7
    Taggie blankets and cubes $12
    Fabric headbands $7
    Hair clippies $1.50 - $2
    Large crocheted flowers $2
    Women's sweaters $23
    Girl and doll matching outfits $25
    Head wraps $12
    Hats $12
    Potholders $4
    Tote bags and purses $7 - $27
    Tutu onesies $12
    And lots more!!!