Tea for two: Churches host tea, fair trade sale

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Two Craig churches are hosting a holiday event meant to offer residents a break from the seasonal rush and to assist families in need.

St. Mark's Episcopal Church and Lutheran Church of Grace host the third annual Victorian Christmas Tea from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the churches, 657 Green St.

"We do it to provide something reasonably priced for people to come and relax and enjoy because everyone is so hectic this time of year," organizer Susie Aiken said.

The tea costs $5 for finger sandwiches, hot tea and a variety of sweets.

"It's not a meal, but it's filling," Aiken said.

Money raised through the event will benefit local families with needs this holiday season, as well as the Interfaith Food Bank and world hunger efforts.

At the same time as the tea, the churches' outreach group hosts the annual Christmas Fair Trade Fair.

The group typically sells items at the holiday craft fair at Centennial Mall. But this year, the event will be at the churches.

The group will sell coffee, tea, cocoa, chocolate bars and artisans' products from around the world. Hand-crafted items include baskets, children's toys, nativity scenes and soap.

"We ask people to give a gift with a conscience," Lutheran church member Penny Krump said. "If you're going to give a gift anyway, give something that benefits (others)."

Krump said fair trade benefits are three-fold -- fair prices to artisans and hunger relief globally and helping nonprofit organizations locally.

Organizers encourage those who wish to attend the tea to purchase tickets in advance.

For tickets, call Aiken today or Saturday at 824-9633.

Michelle Perry can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or mperry@craigdailypress.com.

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