The First United Methodist Church will sponsor an alternative gift fair beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday with a soup lunch served from noon until 1 p.m. A donation for lunch is requested.

The fair offers an opportunity to buy a donation gift card to several worthy causes in honor of the gift recipient, according to Cynthia Rives.

“We support lots of help agencies in Stephenville - CASA, Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels to name a few, and also projects around the world,” Rives said. “We'd like to open this project up to the whole community to be able to buy a gift that makes a difference.”

Rives said the fair will also have a good assortment of equal exchange products such as coffee, tea, chocolate, and cocoa from farmers in the U.S. and around the world.

“These products give the small farmer a fair profit for the product,” Rives said.

Rives said members traveled to Kenya over the summer on a mission trip and many art objects from that country will also be on sale.

Three quilts will be raffled in support of The Tree House after school program.

Rives said anyone not able to attend the fair could still participate by calling 965-5046. The church is located at 422 W. Washington.

ANGELIA JOINER is a staff writer for the Empire-Tribune. She can be reached at or 254-965-3124, ext. 238.