In a survey conducted by The American Red Cross, 79% of Americans said they would rather have a charitable donation made in their honor than receive a gift they wouldn’t use.
To help you shop for gifts that will make a difference, National Avenue Christian Church will again be hosting an Alternative Gift Market on Saturday December 1st from 9:00 am to 3:00pm and on Sunday December 2nd from 8:30am to 12:30pm. Many of the non-profits in our community have been invited to participate by setting up a booth and making gift opportunities available. Participating non-profits include: Aids Project of the Ozarks, Bill’s Place, Bread for the World, Care to Learn, Church World Services, Council of Churches of the Ozarks, Drury University, Friends Against Hunger, Gay and Lesbian Community Center of the Ozarks, Habitat for Humanity, Harvest on Wheels, Heifer International, Isabel’s House, The Kitchen, Lost and Found, Missouri Hotel GED/ABE Center, Ozarks Food Harvest, Rainbow Network, and United Ministries of Higher Education.
Lunch will also be available on Saturday for $5.00 and free lattes will be available all day. Global Crafts will be at the Market offering Fair Trade items from countries across the world and you will also be able to purchase homemade baked goods from the Disciple’s Women’s Bake Sale.
If you have people on your gift list that are hard to buy for during the Holidays, this is the perfect opportunity to purchase a gift that will truly make a difference. For each donation made to one of the charities, you will receive a small ornament and a certificate that can be wrapped and given to your friends and loved ones.