Ten Thousand Villages, Christmas Market planned

Ten Thousand Villages, Christmas Market planned Visit an international marketplace of handcrafted gifts � right here in Vermillion! For two days in December, Ten Thousand Villages brings the world to you with a sale of fair trade handcrafted gifts Dec. 5 and 6 at First United Methodist Church, 16 N. Dakota. The sale is sponsored by the Etc. Shoppe from Freeman and features some of the most popular products available at the international gift store located in Sioux Falls. The self-help crafts sale will be from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5 and again on Sunday, Dec. 6 after church from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Numerous wood and stone items, unique jewelry, holiday items, baskets and other woven items will be featured.

Simultaneously, First United Methodist will again host an Alternative Christmas Market on Dec. 5 and 6 to buy "gifts for people who have everything and gifts for people who own nothing." You can choose a gift that provides soup kitchens and community gardens in the USA, penicillin and antibiotics for North Korea, literacy training in Senegal, milk cows for Somalia, a pair of shoes and a book for children in Haiti, custom wheelchairs for the disabled in Turkey, and eye surgery in Africa. Gifts for the USD Chapter of Habitat for Humanity and for United Ministries at USD will also be available. Alternative gifts are authentic and personal. You send gifts to the world in honor of a friend or relative. For your $1 you can buy two candy bars on sale or rescue 4 school children in India from leprosy. For your $5 you can give one "Beanie Baby" or plant enough barley seed in North Korea to feed two starving children for one year. Cards are available to acknowledge the gifts that you chose and no gift is too small.

Come to Ten Thousand Villages and the Alternative Christmas Market sponsored by First United Methodist Church, 16 N. Dakota, on Saturday, Dec. 5 from noon to 4 p.m. or Sunday, Dec. 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. You'll find something for your loved ones, something for yourself and something for the world!

For more information, call Barb Goodman at 624-8113.

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