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Martha’s Task to hold holiday Open House on Nov. 8

Posted: October 12, 2018

A bountiful harvest of gifts and goodies will abound at Martha’s Task Open House, which ushers in the season of giving with a festive day of shopping, visiting with friends old and new and enjoying holiday treats.

Martha’s Task is celebrating 18 years of serving the community with the organization’s annual holiday Open House set from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 at 718 S. Johnstone Ave. A Bartlesville nonprofit organization dedicated to alleviating poverty, Martha’s Task provides job training programs teaching low income women to become seamstresses and craft items that are sold in the group’s downtown store.

 “This year’s Open House is going to be wonderful because we have new products to feature, along with our traditional favorites” Martha’s Task Executive Director Laura Walton said. “Our seamstresses have been hard at work stocking the store with popular items and creative new merchandise with a special emphasis on retro themes.”

 Each item sold in Martha’s Task store has a story behind it. Martha’s Task offers a seamstress training program through which low income women earn wages while learning to sew and keep 100 percent of the profits of each item they sell in the organization’s store. The nonprofit agency also offers an emergency assistance program where women who have an immediate need work for three hours crafting special items and walk out with cash in hand to help pay for a bill, prescription or groceries.

“When you make a purchase at Martha’s Task, you are helping alleviate poverty in our community and you are buying a true made-in-Oklahoma, made-in-Bartlesville product,” Walton said. “Our customers love buying high-quality, well-made merchandise that supports women in need. It’s a wonderful feeling all the way around.”

The Martha’s Task economic development program is made possible by generous community members who continually donate fabric, sewing notions and used sewing machines, providing the raw materials that enable women to use their talents to engage in creative, productive, work. The community benefits by recycling items they no longer need into the materials that create jobs for others, and the women of Martha's Task are empowered with new skills enabling them to better support themselves and their families.

 The Open House is a special day of shopping with extended hours and holiday treats being served at Martha’s Task. The organization’s store is regularly open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information call Martha’s Task at 918-336-8275, visit www.marthastask.com or follow the organization on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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