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Talking, Praying and  Educating; An inspiring story of passion.

Talking, Praying and Educating; An inspiring story of passion.

 

These three empowering modes of responding to a call of action describe the support and aims of their ministry. Prefaced by the work of their daughter, Glenda, John and Doris McVay are the passionate stewards of Beauty for Ashes Florida. Beauty for Ashes Nepal, founded by their daughter, is an organization working to empower survivors of human trafficking and women who may be at risk of trafficking by fostering an environment that reflects the power of community, independence and faith. The McVays pursue their own chapter here in Florida selling handmade goods such as: earrings, items from recycled saris, necklaces and more from the women at Beauty for Ashes Nepal.
Inspired by their daughter, who they describe as, “A smiler, a laugher and a lover of the Lord”, the McVays have continued to speak out against human trafficking in their own backyard by educating people of all ages about the signs of trafficking with a special focus on educating the youth. They deeply understand the plaguing issue of human trafficking, the ways in which it manifests, and the ways in which it can be reduced.

They share, “Trafficking is growing larger than the drug industry because there is even more money involved in it.” Doris McVay goes on to explain the quick nature of trafficking and how widespread the harm extends. Their mission is to inform others of these travesties in order to incite change amongst individuals. The specifics are mentioned above because it is exercising the want and the pressing need the McVays advocate for in the journey to end human trafficking. The pressing need is the knowledge of the issue. They yearn to spread awareness and so they go out and educate others about the problem. They are a walking example of proactivity.
John McVay mentions the impact of his father’s work as a labor leader when John was growing up; the work of organizing meetings to address poverty and other tasks at hand have resonated with him. Doris mentions her withstanding passion, “I just like to help people” along with examples of driving around town with an extra breakfast sandwich looking for someone on the streets in need and buying candies for the toll-takers just to brighten their days. These professions of kindness have transferred to their five children and they hope that things will carry on to their grandchildren as they grow up. Family is a way of uplifting others; to connect hands and hearts to one another promotes the stability of hope and the promise of empowerment which leads then to the continued alleviation of suffering.
In Nepal, Glenda uses the model of family to construct many of the activities that occur at Beauty for Ashes which include (but are not limited to): daily morning prayer practices, lunches with all the staff members and education sponsors for many of the children of women working at Ashes for Beauty. The McVays explain the aspect of family at the markets they have been participating in for almost three years by describing the interest other vendors take in their story.

Talking is what they want; talking promotes the spread of knowledge and the spread of care for a cause.

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Kids, Pets, Mud Puddles and Plants

Kids, Pets, Mud Puddles and Plants

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So… Our M.O.M. grows some unusual things.  She refers to this beauty as one of her pets.

How cool is this Florida, shall we say, flower?

Do you know what it is?

How about this one?  Its a little more common here in Florida.  (Hint: Not a hibiscus and not a tree.)

DESERT ROSE Purple triple

Or this one…?  (Here’s a hint:  It can be seen at night!)

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Come to the Market information booth and we’ll tell you!

Did you know? We love plants and flowers and kids and babies and pets at our Beach Markets!

Bella at six weeks

Here’s our Mascot, Ms Bella Blue, at six weeks. She came to us as a rescue at a whopping two pounds.

Yes, she is one of “those” Pit Bulls — the ones that LOVE everyone!

Bella kissing

And her little rescued brother is just as kissy faced!

Bell and Indy kissing

And he LOVES everyone, especially kids!

Bella Indigo and Kids at IS

And, for the record, yes, he loves making mud puddles in M.O.M’s yard…..

Indigo Muddy Face June 2015

Enjoy this beautiful weather and come out and visit the Beach Markets!

We’re family and pet friendly, beach close and are home to some really awesome Vendors. 

Local produce, fine arts and crafts, gourmet foods, food trucks and yes, even our favorite Girl Scouts with their fabulous cookies during Girl Scout Cookie Season!

Our Youngest Vendor, Princess M
Our Youngest Vendor, Princess M — She’ll be joining us again soon with LOTS of cookies!

The Mid-Week Madeira Beach Open Air Market – Wednesdays, 9am-2pm through the end of June

(Madeira Way between Tom Stuart Cswy and Gulf Blvd.)

The Indian Shores Sunday Morning Market – Sundays, 9am-1pm, through the end of April

19305 Gulf Boulevard, Indian Shores on the grounds of the Town of Indian Shores Municipal Center

Summer, Summer!

We’re OPEN every Wednesday 9am-2pm through the end of July at the

Mid-Week Madeira Beach Open Air Market!

Located on Madeira Way between Gulf Boulevard and the Tom Stuart Causeway

(and we’ll re-open again in October!)

We Love Florida!
We Love Florida!

Family and pet friendly ~ free parking~ beach close~great Vendors~ gourmet food~ hydroponic and organic produce~fine handcrafts and artwork~ fair trade items~ SUPPORT LOCAL!

We're LOCAL!
We’re LOCAL!
We are Family and Pet Friendly at the Beach Markets!

We are Family and Pet Friendly at the Beach Markets!

 

Market Mascots with Some of their Playmates
Market Mascots with Some of their Playmates

We’re family and pet friendly at the Beach Markets!

The Indian Shores Sunday Morning Market runs every Sunday from 9am-1pm through the end of this month, May, and re-opens in the fall.

Indian Shores Sunday Morning Market 19305 Gulf Boulevard, Indian Shores
Indian Shores Sunday Morning Market
19305 Gulf Boulevard, Indian Shores
Town of Indian Shores
Town of Indian Shores

The Mid-Week Madeira Beach Open Air Market

Every Wednesday, 9am-2pm, through the end of July and re-opens in October.

The Mid Week Madeira Beach Open Air Market Madeira Way between Gulf Blvd and the Tom Stuart Cswy, Madeira Beach, FL
The Mid Week Madeira Beach Open Air Market
Madeira Way between Gulf Blvd and the Tom Stuart Cswy, Madeira Beach, FL

 

We’re LOCAL! Our amazing Vendors are all hands-on, owner-operators with everything from produce (both organic and hydroponic), gourmet foods, handcrafts and fine art.  And they are some of the friendliest people you’ll meet :-]

 

Our favorite tie-dye guy, Joe of J&J's Creations
Our favorite tie-dye guy,
Joe of J&J’s Creations
Our Youngest Vendor, Princess M
Our Youngest Vendor, Princess M
Organic Produce from Farmer Gary!
Organic Produce from Farmer Gary!
Organic carrots
Organic carrots
Kat of Sophie Anns Jams and Things
Kat of Sophie Anns Jams and Things
Custom artwork by McSwampy Photography and Nature Crafts
Custom artwork by McSwampy Photography and Nature Crafts
AMAZING truffles by Cowpaddy
AMAZING truffles by Cowpaddy
We're LOCAL!
We’re LOCAL!

Free parking ~ beach close!

MidWeek opening at beach

We’ll Be OPEN on Easter at the Indian Shores Sunday Morning Market

We’ll Be OPEN on Easter at the Indian Shores Sunday Morning Market

 

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We’ll be OPEN Easter Sunday at the Indian Shores Sunday Morning Market from 9am-1pm!

Come out and play with us!  Great food, fine arts and crafts, super Vendors and a beautiful beach close location, too!

Located on the grounds of the Town of Indian Shores Municipal Center at

19305 Gulf Boulevard, Indian Shores, Florida.

We're LOCAL!
We’re LOCAL!

Family and Pet Friendly!

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Indian Shores Sunday Morning Market sign

Town of Indian Shores
Town of Indian Shores

we love sundays

 

Come Meet Princess M–The Last Day for Girl Scout Cookies is THIS Sunday!

Come Meet Princess M–The Last Day for Girl Scout Cookies is THIS Sunday!

Our Youngest Vendor, Princess M
Our Youngest Vendor, Princess M

This Sunday is it!  Your very last chance this Season to get your Girl Scout Cookies! 

And our very own amazing, beautiful and tiniest of little Vendors (whom some of us prefer to refer to as our favorite “Princess M”) will be more than happy to accommodate your cookie needs.

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You know you want some….!!!

(AND!! Thin Mints!  And did you know, Thin Mints are Vegan??!!)

We’re OPEN 9am-1pm Sundays at 19305 Gulf Boulevard in Indian Shores,

December through May.

On the grounds of the Town of Indian Shores Municipal Center!

Indian Shores Sunday Morning Market sign

Come out and play with us!  Awesome Vendors, Family and Pet Friendly, Beautiful and Beach Close.

We're LOCAL!
We’re LOCAL!
You Asked, We Heard! New Later Hours for the Mid-Week Madeira Beach Morning Market

You Asked, We Heard! New Later Hours for the Mid-Week Madeira Beach Morning Market

MidWeek MB Market at opening

New Hours! 

The Mid-Week Madeira Beach Morning Market is now open from 10am-3pm every Wednesday!

Almost year -round! 

We’re open October through August (we’ll just close for the month of September each year.)

Madeira Way between Gulf Boulevard and the Tom Stuart Causeway, Madeira Beach, FL

Growers, gourmet foodies, fine arts and crafts… we’re all owner-operators,hands-on creators, and we are LOCAL!

We're LOCAL!
We’re LOCAL!

We source and supply locally~ awesome vendors ~family and pet friendly~ free & fun~ beach close!