This holiday season honor friends and loved ones with alternative gifts that make a lasting difference for people in our community and around the world by shopping at the third annual Alternative Gift Markethosted by National Avenue Christian Church on December 1st between 9:00 A.M. and 3 P.M. and December 2nd between 8:30 A.M. and 12:30 P.M. Alternative Gift Markets are shopping events that provide life-saving resources to others in need through the coordinated and charitable inspiration of individuals and communities. The Gift Market, which will take place at The Gallery at National Avenue, will feature alternative gift opportunities from eighteen nonprofit organizations.
Shoppers may also purchase baked goods offered by the church’s CWF, fair trade items from Global Crafts, and cookbooks from the Jr. League. Lunch will be available from 11 A.M. until 1 P.M. for $5 per person on Saturday and from 11 A.M. until 12:30 on Sunday.
There’s something for everyone at the Alternative Gift Market:
- Children can find valuable gifts that fit their budget and provide children in need with nourishing food and education.
- Families can choose gifts that create lasting change by improving the health and economic well-being of impoverished families.
- Groups can come together to purchase gifts that go beyond giving by providing entire communities with the essentials they need.
One hundred percent of the amount shoppers pay for holiday gifts will go directly to the nonprofit organizations. Gift opportunities will range in price from $1 to $2,000. They vary from providing formula to an infant at Isabel’s House or a set of books for a student studying for the GED exam to donating the rent for a resident at the Rare Breed Youth Center or providing a micro loan to help a family in Nicaragua start a business. With each purchase, shoppers will receive a small ornament and a certificate of acknowledgment which may be wrapped and presented to the recipient.
The Alternative Gift opportunities at this year’s Market at National Avenue Christian Church will support the following humanitarian causes: Aids Project of the Ozarks, Bill’s Place, Bread of the World, Care to Learn, Child Advocacy Center, Council of Churches of the Ozarks, Discovery Garden Montessori School, Drury University Office of the Chaplain, Friends Against Hunger, The GED Center at The Kitchen, GLO, GYNCA, Habitat for Humanity, Harvest on Wheels, Heifer International, Isabel’s House, The Kitchen, Lost and Found, Lend-A-Hand, Newborns in Need, Ozarks Food Harvest, Rainbow Network, United Ministries of Higher Education at the Monroe – MSU
Come shop at the Market for Christmas this year and know that you are showing compassion through the purchase of Alternative Gifts and making a difference in people’s lives, both here and around the world.
Additional information is available by calling National Avenue Christian Church, 869-9176.