Saturday: Meaningful gifts at Shelton church's ‘Alternative Christmas Fair’

Huntington United Methodist Church will host an “Alternative Christmas Fair” on Saturday, Dec. 21 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (It originally had been set for Dec. 14 but the date has been changed due to snow.)

The fair will give people an opportunity to purchase gifts that provide “essential care and support” to people all over the world, according to church officials.

'Tribute gift' options that help others

There will be at least 13 “tribute gift” options that enable people to purchase something in a loved one’s honor. For example, someone might provide groceries for a hungry family living in the United States in honor of their mother.

The fair also will have handcrafted gifts, mostly by artisans from developing countries and sold through fair trade outlets such as Ten Thousand Villages and Bead for Life.

The church women’s group will sell ornaments they created to benefit My Sister’s Place in Ansonia (domestic violence services for the Valley).

Ninth fair to raise money for those in need

This is the ninth such holiday fair at the church, 338 Walnut Hill Tree Road. Past fairs have raised a total of $30,000-plus to help meet educational, medical and environmental needs around the world.

Church officials described the fair as “a real alternative to the materialism of the season as well as an opportunity to make a difference by giving gifts that matter.”

Learn more about the church at 203-929-5545 or