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shop the world

all in one place

While the Black Friday sales are still several weeks away, you can get a jump start on holiday shopping and feel good about it at the same time. Nearly 20 vendors representing non-profit groups, fair trade organizations and ministries will be setting up in Wesley Hall and other rooms on the

upper floor of the church at this year's  Alternative Gift Fair.

This event provides an opportunity to shop the world all in one place. Every gift you buy actually helps you give twice; once to the organization you are helping, and the second time to the recipient of your gift. Be sure and spread the word and invite your friends to this great event.

2017 participating vendors

Below you will find the organizations selling items at this year's Alternative Gift Fair and

how buying items helps these organizations help others.  

  • Welcome Table

    1st United Methodist Church (Thursday) and New Providence Presbyterian Church (Tuesday) offer the community a weekly opportunity to break bread together.  Dozens of faithful volunteers serve the community (preparing, serving, and cleaning up) by offering a free meal to anyone who comes to the Welcome Table. This ministry is a true labor of love!!

    To learn more about Welcome Table click here

  • United Methodist Women

    Pecans are a perennial favorite of the Alternative Gift Fair. Ladies from the United Methodist Women will be selling a variety of wonderful pecans for baking, giving as gifts, or just enjoying as a marvelous snack. 

  • Tradewinds

    This fair trade shop is a ministry of Monte Vista Baptist Church. Products come from all over the world and include coffee, chocolate, jewelry, gift items, nativities, baskets, glassware and more. These products have been made by artisans in mostly 3rd world countries who are given a fair wage, work in safe environments and are treated with dignity.   

  • Pukuka UMC Youth

    Items for sale will be homemade gifts, the sale of which benefit five youth from our Pukuka United Methodist Church who are now refugees in Uganda. All gifts are wonderful for Christmas or birthday presents or you can just buy for keeping!! 

    These refugee camps provide education for small children so the youth must go to boarding school so they can have hope for the future through education.  

  • Shop the World

    This Fair Trade store features unique, handmade items from over 45 third world countries. Selections include jewelry, scarves, nativities, purses, home décor, musical items, jackets and much more. There is something for everyone on your Christmas list and gifts to fit every budget.  

    Learn more about this organization and how they help others by visiting: www.shoptheworldgifts.com

  • Resurge International: Smile Train

    Beautiful hand quilted pot holders will be sold to benefit children with cleft palates related to the Smile Train project. These items are mini-works of arts that can be used in your kitchen or as wall decorations. They make wonderful small Christmas gifts. 

    To learn more about the Smile Train click here

  • Olive Branch Olive Oil

    This 11-year-old non-profit social enterprise assists Holy Land olive farmers by distributing Palestinian extra virgin, organic, fair-trade olive oil in Tennessee and around the Southeastern U.S. 

    The oil is flavorful, delicious, and health enhancing, and not only elevates the taste of any food that you prepare, but also makes a perfect gift during the holiday season. 

  • New Hope Children's Advocacy Center

    New Hope Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center is a child-friendly, safe place for child victims of sexual and physical abuse. Children along with their non-offending family members receive the services necessary to return to optimal functioning. 

    At this year’s Alternative Gift Fair, the center will be selling New Hope t-shirts, Christmas cards, and crayon flowers/letters. All donations make advocacy, forensic interviews, therapy and prevention training possible

    To learn more about the New Hope Center visit: www.blountkids.org

  • Moja Foundation

    This organization supports educational opportunities for children in Kenya.  Items available to purchase include a variety of jewelry, cards and holiday treats. 

    To learn more visit: mojafoundation.com

  • Latvia Partnership

    This group is part of 1st UMC's Latvian Ministries. 1st United Methodist Church works closely with our sister church in Kuldiga, Latvia, supporting them spiritually through our prayers, financially by contributing to the LAMB Pastor’s Salary Fund, and various other projects to help them gain their own financial independence.

    At this year's booth you will find various items that were made by the Latvian people and people at 1st Church including: 

    • beautiful cards
    • linen placemats  
    • bracelets
    • laser cut balsam wood Christmas ornaments with Latvian symbols
    • protestant prayer beads
    • various beaded items made by individuals at 1st Church
    • tasty gingerbread cookies from a Latvian recipe  
  • Kenya Partners

    Kenya Partners is a non-profit organization providing orphans and vulnerable children in Kenya an opportunity for quality education, reliable health care and hope for the future. Purchasing items helps support the families of the Kenyan women. Items sold include nativity sets, angels, and other Christmas decorations made from local Kenyan materials; jewelry; wooden salad servers; screen-printed pillow covers; and lovely containers made from recycled materials.

    The organization funds a 600-bed school for orphans and vulnerable children in K-12 as well as a 24/7 primary health care facility and two pre-schools (one located in a slum and both offereing feeding programs). 

    Ann Leatherwood from 1st UMC  is organizing a mission trip with Kenya Partners for 2018. 


    To learn more about this organization visit www.kenyapartners.com .

  • Humane Society of East Tennessee

    The mission and purpose of the Humane Society of East Tennessee is to promote the welfare of animals, to strengthen the human-animal bond and to further the cause of responsible animal adoption and ownership through education and public awareness. 

    The Society actively promotes kindness, the elimination of cruelty to and neglect of all animals, and the lifelong commitment of people to their pets.  At this booth you will find a variety of items for pet owners!! 

  • Grace Home for Children

    South Sudan

    The United Methodist Church has two orphanages in South Sudan. Due to conflict in the area the children were evacuated to Uganda where they could be safe and stay together. We want them to continue their education there. Some of the items for sale are lovely purses and bags. 

    Money raised at the Alternative Gift Fair will go towards supporting the children until they can return to their native country. There is something for everyone and 100% of the proceeds go to the children's support.      

  • Good Neighbors of Blount County

    Good Neighbors offers help to neighbors in need who are facing eviction or utility disconnection. This group will have the Good Neighbors blend coffee available (already wrapped for gifting). Through your generosity, this organization can fulfill its mission to provide assistance, offer hope and empower our neighbors through one on one coaching and referral.   

    For information on Good Neighbors visit www.goodneighborsbc.org

  • The Gate

    The Gate - Gateway to Independence - is a place where friends come together in a supportive environment and celebrate their own unique abilities without bias. Our participants have created decorative "GateKeyper" collage blocks and unique clipboards which will make meaningful gifts (or a treasure for yourself!). Come help make a difference in the lives of our participants with any purchase. 

  • 1st Kids Ministries

    Tasty treats make great gifts. This year, the children of the church are offering up quite a selection of them. You will find “Blessing Mix” in bags to celebrate Thanksgiving.  They kids will also be selling “candy kisses” to celebrate Christmas. 

    Proceeds will be donated to the Holston United Methodist Home for Children located in Greeneville, TN. These gift jars are limited in number so please come get them early. They make wonderful gifts, handmade with love by the children of our church. Give one to a special friend! 

  • Compassion Counseling

    At this booth you can buy a variety of gifts of peace, hope and encouragement.. These are handmade and donated by CCC volunteers. The proceeds will be used to make counseling services available at a reduced fee to those who are unable to afford the full fee.   For more information on Compassion Counseling visit www.cccmaryville.org

  • Beautifully Made Artisan Market

    This vendor purchases items from artisans around the world, personally working with steel drum artisans in Haiti.  Beautifully Made Artisans offers a variety of products in addition to the items made from the old steel drums. 

    The owners lived in Haiti for 3 years and started an orphanage with 24  kids. The family travels back and forth throughout the year overseeing the Freedom House children's home and the artisans represented in their "store".

    To learn more about Beautifully Made visit: https://beautifullymadeartisanmarket.com/


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