Holy Cross Ch urch 345 Seventh Street Buffalo, New York 14201 716-847-6930
January 25, 2013
Since the creation of EI Buen Amigo I have been a member of its board of directors.
When I could to do so, I used to bring artisan crafts with me when I returned from my trips to Latin America. If you visit the store at 114 S. Elmwood Ave. in Buffalo, you will see that the varieties of merchandise has expanded and improved. I am continually surprised by the reasonable prices of the products and often purchase them as gifts myself.
Often our church and school groups look for easy projects to raise funds for their own purposes. El Buen Amigo offers you a way to do this by the sale of arts and crafts from the indigenous people of Latin and Central America and other 3 rd W orld countries. You would retain 25% of the proceeds of the arts and crafts sold at your site for your group’s purposes.
El Buen Amigo knows of WNY medical teams who travel to the Southern Hemisphere to engage in their admirable missions. They carry with them supplies and medications but often return with empty baggage. If they could return with suitcases full of merchandise, they could profit by our sales at El Buen Amigo. Your organization could sell the items at your location and finance its own projects as well as those of our medical missionaries.
We have used Arts and Craft Sales of beautiful clothing, jewelry, art, and indigenous music to finance our youth group at Holy Cross between masses in our economically challenged neighborhood. It has been both successful and profitable.
EI Buen Amigo also offers its well-received Cultural Extension Programs for students for grades 7 to 12. They spend 4 or 5 hours in cultural immersion and learning activities at the Latin American Cultural Association, Inc. (501-c-3), also at 114 S. Elmwood Ave. For more information contact our founder and chief staff person, Santiago Masferrer, at 885-6343 or l’1~a11ewyork(Zi),Yllhoo.com. or call me at 847-6930 x 12.
Rev. Msgr. David M. Gallivan