WESTWOOD, N.J.– Sarah Christensen and Chelsea Quinn support Pascack Valley artisans and vendors by selling locally handcrafted items inside their quaint Westwood store, Market House.
But the businesswomen, who met while teaching yoga in Harrington Park, also closed up the store for a week and a half last month to complete mission work in Valladolid, Mexico — where Christensen's dad owns and operates a bed and breakfast.
Together, on their third trip, they delivered "despensias" – Spanish for donations – containing groceries, supplies and food, to the impoverish, indigenous residents of the city — located in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Christensen and Quinn brought six suitcases filled with donations and then purchased other items after arriving.
“We were just moved by the whole experience," said Christensen of Old Tappan. "We came back and said we want to do more than that.”
The volunteers helped six families their first year. That number reached nearly 130 this month.
"I did mission work in college [and] I decided I wanted to dedicated my life to it," added Quinn, 25, of Demarest.
Pictures from the trip were posted daily to Market House's Facebook page .
“Our customers followed along and looked at our pictures because so many of them donated [items]," Christensen said.
Christensen and Quinn also brought back items from Mexico that are for sale in the store. Those proceeds will go towards the next mission.
"We aren't any sort of official organization –just some people trying to help others in need," Christensen said.
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