NOVEMBER 7, 2021


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.  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. 

  • 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:

  • Compassion Counseling

    The mission of Compassion Counseling (CC) is to provide counseling and education that instills hope, builds resilience, and promotes mental health and well-being. CC offers individual, couple and family counseling, stress and anger management classes, co-parenting classes for parents with minor and in the process of pursuing a divorce, and consultation groups for clergy and other services on as needed-basis. CC will have Rainwater Farm products (bar soap, liquid soap, moisture, etc.) for sale. They could be given as gifts during the holiday season. For more information about Rainwater Farm products, please visit 


    Family Promise of Blount County works with local families experiencing homelessness. Their mission is to have a community where every child has a home!!  During the Alternative Gift Fair you will have a chance to support Family Promise by purchasing ornaments decorated by the children in the program as well as candles.

  • The Gate

    The GATE will be offering handmade items and Christmas ornaments made by the clients. All of the money donated during Christmas season sales will be utilized towards program enrichment for the 50+ adults with disabilities currently served by The GATE's day program.

    Learn more about this organization at:

  • 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

  • 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!! 

  • kuldiga 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 including: 

    • beautiful cards
    • linen placemats
    • bracelets
    • laser cut balsam wood ornaments with Latvian symbols
    • protestant prayer beads
    • beaded items made by individuals at 1st Church


    The TN District 12-N chapter of Lions Club, International will be here selling beautiful, small pottery items. All proceeds assist the group in their endeavors as part of an international service organization. 

  • Olive Branch Olive Oil

    This 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. 

  • senior SMILES

    This program provides seniors in Blount County with rides for essential trips.   SMILES will be selling beautiful handmade table runners, kitchen towels, and a variety of Christmas themed items, all benefitting this non-profit organization. 

  • Shop the World

    Fair Trade is changing the world.  Every purchase from "Shop the World Gifts" not only helps a third world artisan support their family, it also helps build churches, schools and hospitals in the artisan's community.  Come shop a variety of jewelry, scarves, beautiful clothes, nativities and much more from more than 45 countries; something for everyone on your Christmas list. 

  • 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.   

  • 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!!

    The Welcome Table will have an assortment of jams and jellies for sale at the Alternative Gift Fair which include:





    Mixed Berry

    Apple Butter

    Fig Jam

    Zucchini Marmalade

    Ginger Pear Marmalade

    Hot Pepper Jelly

    Come early for the best selection.

    To learn more about Welcome Table click here


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