NOVEMBER 1, 2020


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.  More than a dozen 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.

If you need more information on the Alternative Gift Fair,  or want to participate please contact Jewel Rankin using our online contact form 


(This list is subject to change for the 2020 AGF)

  • 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, resiliency building groups, consultation groups for clergy and other services on as needed-basis.

    At the 2019 Alternative Gift Fair, COMPASSion Counseling will have ready ot grow Amaryllis bulbs in glass vases for sale. They could be given as gifts during the holiday season.


    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 our day program. 

    The Gate - Gateway to Independence - is a place where friends come together in a supportive environment and celebrate their own unique abilities without bias. Come help make a difference in the lives of  participants with any purchase. 

  • 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!! 

  • just art

    1st umc

    This group of talented artists will be selling paintings, drawings, prints, glass engravings and other items.  

    100% of the income from the sales will go to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) which assists in disaster relief efforts around the world. 

  • Kenya Partners

    Back in May, a group from 1st UMC went on a mission trip to Africa with the Kenya Partnership.  This organization is a non-profit group 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 for sale this year at the AGF nclude 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). 


    To learn more about this organization visit .

  • 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. 

  • new hope children's advocacy center

    One story, one time, one place.  That's the mission of the Blount County Children's Advocacy Center.  This organization provides a safe place for child victims of sexual and physical abuse.  

    At the AGF, New Hope will be selling a variety of ornaments and New Hope t-shirts.

    To learn more about this organization visit

  • 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. 

  • 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.   

  • 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. 

  • 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!!

    For sale at the Alternative Gift Fair, homemade items including:

    • blueberry jam
    • blackberry jam  
    • raspberry jam
    • strawberry preserves
    • hot pepper jelly
    • peach jam
    • mixed berry jam
    • fig jam
    • apple butter
    • pear honey preserves (new for 2019)   

    Come early for the best selection.

    To learn more about Welcome Table click here


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