Residents can pick up some early Christmas presents and contribute to a good cause this weekend at the New Life Christian Fellowship Christmas Boutique.
The boutique, which is in its third year, will feature at least 12 vendors selling candles, jewelry, bows and tutus, aprons, and other handcrafted goods. Dorothy Sessom, the event’s organizer, said there will even be a booth for a day spa, which will sell vouchers for services.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the New Life Church’s outreach efforts—mostly charitable initiatives designed to help less fortunate members of the community.
The church has a food pantry and donates coats and clothing to school children, makes showers and laundry machines available to the homeless, and offers free haircuts, medical assistance and car maintenance to those in need.
“That’s why we do this every year, to make money for those charities,” Sessom said.
The first event had about 50 patrons, and the boutique saw substantial growth the next year, with all the participating vendors turning a profit. This year, they hope to make the event even bigger, Sessom said.
The Christmas boutique will open at 9 a.m. and run until 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. It will take place at the New Life Christian Church at 411 E. Utah Avenue in Tooele. All are welcome to shop and admission is free.
There are still a few spaces available for vendors. Those interested should contact Dorothy Sessom at 435-882-3070.