For three days recently, community members shopped, learned and helped those around the globe by purchasing items during a Ten Thousand Villages event at Pennsylvania College of Technology.
The event, which allows artisans in more than 30 countries have their items sold, is held each year on Penn College's campus.
"It's mostly Christmas things," explained Bethany Reppert, one of the students in Community and Organizational Change course.
Penn College students Tyler Mausteller and Travis Draper look at some of the items for sale during the Ten Thousand Villages sale held recently at Penn College.
Pennsylvania College of Technology recently held a Ten Thousand Villages sale, which benefits artisans from around the world. Shown are a few of the items that were for sale.
The human services students in the class were required to organize and setup the sale. Students sold items for six hours during each day of the event.
Ten Thousand Villages, based out of Lancaster, has been providing an outlet for artisans around the globe to market their work to consumers in 1946.
"We're trying to sell the items and the money goes back to them (the disadvantaged artisans that made the items)," explained Tyler Mausteller, another of the students in the class.
From soaps to small sculptures, the students received nearly $6,000 worth of property to sell during the three-day event.
The students said they learned a lot during the experience. Mausteller said he learned how to work in a group environment and how to organize a group of volunteers, some in the class and others who were not. Students were given different times that they were to work the sale.
Mausteller said he was impressed with how the students were able to come together as a team to put the sale on.
But besides the real-world experience of working with a non-profit organization, students also were giving back.
"To us, we're helping others and that's the main objective," Mausteller said.
The beginning of the sale was a success as Mausteller reported more than $3,000, over half of its goods, was sold during the first day.
And while customers are able to take home a hand-crafted item, Reppert said it's more important to get the message of the people who made them out to the public.
"We're selling items, but we're also selling the stories of these people," she said.