Oklahoma layaway angels, others pay forward while holiday shopping
Kmart customers paying off the accounts of strangers and a global market that supports schoolchildren in Africa are a few unique ways consumers are giving back this holiday season in Oklahoma.
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Gifts with extra benefit
Another retailer, the PAMBE Ghana Global Market in Oklahoma City, offers gifts with a threefold benefit, explains buyer Linda Temple. The purchaser gets something wonderful to give, proceeds benefit schoolchildren in Ghana and the artisans receive a fair wage for their work.
The market, at 6516 N Olie, carries unique items from around the world, including jewelry, bowls, Christmas decorations, pottery and instruments. In its fifth year, the shop opens up for the holidays in a space donated by Chesapeake Energy Corp. and is staffed by volunteers — ensuring more dollars fund PAMBE Ghana, a charity founded by former Oklahoma City resident and teacher Alice Azumi Iddi-Gubbels.
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