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Fair Trade Faire to be held on 2 dates

CRYSTAL LAKE – Christian Fellowship Church will host a Fair Trade Faire from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 25 and Dec. 12.

This will be an opportunity to buy holiday gifts that are handcrafted by those living in marginal circumstances. There will be several fair trade vendors and other vendors that provide assistance to poverty-stricken areas around the world.

Christian Fellowship Church is at 3419 Walkup Road., Crystal Lake.

Sylvia Thoma, coordinator of the Fair Trade Faire, has worked with Naya Paula (new bud) Paper Factory in West Bengal, India, for the past five years, helping to market their products in the U.S.

“I went there on a missions trip and ended up falling in love with the people of the small community of Pedong,” she said. “The paper factory provides work for women and men in the community to be able to afford medicine, food and an education for their children”

Other vendors include Global Bag Project (reusable shopping bags – Africa), Paws for Pure Water (mittens and other knitted items for wells – Africa), Creative Occasions (fair trade – worldwide), Reign-Bow Ministries (jewelry, scarves – Africa), St. Martha’s Ministry (bone jewelry – Africa) and, Naya Paula Paperworks (handmade, super-green paper – India).

For information on the Fair Trade Faire, call 815-403-5680 or email


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