#411 Roxanna Smith's Bethlehem Nativity

Acquired 2005

This was a gift to me from Roxanna Smith, our County Bank loan officer, in January 2005, after she visited my nativity open house in December. This olive wood product was crafted by Palestinian Christians who live in the area surrounding Bethlehem, in the West Bank in Israel. A co-op of 40 Christian families work together to produce these products in small, family operated businesses. The current political situation in Israel has brought tourism to a complete halt in the Bethlehem area, resulting in the total loss of income for all the families. Rev. Dale Peterson, from the First Congregational Church here in Salida, has brought these olive wood products into our area to sell and the proceeds from these artifacts directly helps these people who are caught in a most desperate situation in this time of crisis in Israel.