About Us

We are a non-profit organization that was founded in Anaheim, California in 1975 to serve the economic needs of the destitute people in the United States, and in developing nations worldwide. Our principal mission is to support the self-employment of thousands of artisans by marketing the beautiful and useful items they craft as a means of supporting themselves and their families.

We market the crafts at congregations, service groups’ gatherings and conferences throughout Southern California year round, and we would be happy to visit yours. Please let us know if you want to sponsor our visit, volunteer at our shop and/or at one of the craft sales in the community. Also, if you have visited our shop in Old Towne Orange, please let your family and friends know about us.

We also take gift bags to hospitalized veterans at the Veterans’ Administration Medical Center in Long Beach on Christmas morning, Easter and Valentine’s Day. Gifts include candy and cookies (some sugarless for the diabetic patients) oranges, hygiene products, novels and nonfiction (appropriate subjects only, such as history and the sciences, sports or mysteries) packages of new socks, playing cards and crossword puzzles. Furthermore, we take new and gently worn clothing in good condition to the many homeless veterans there. Please donate any of these gifts and let us know if you wish to join us on these visits. Everyone is welcomed to come!

Since 2004, Third World Gifts and Handarts has been continuing the work of the late Danny Davey, a World War II veteran, and his Thunderbird Foundation. Many people knew of the services he provided for 53 years to Navajo families and the elderly who live on the Navajo Reservation in Northern Arizona. We have expanded the services to assist those on the Hopi Reservation as well. We have also been sending donations to families in Mexico at least once-a-month and often weekly. We are always looking for more drivers, so please let us know if you can join us. If you are planning a trip there, we can provide a load for your vehicle at any time of the year.