Use your Christmas dollars to give twice – once to loved ones and once to someone in need – by buying gifts from agencies that provide tools, food, medications, education, livestock, and shelter for people here and abroad. The Alternative Christmas Market is an opportunity for shoppers to consider a gift to charity as an alternative to “stuff” for their loved ones (or in addition to). It is truly a gift to the world as several worldwide charities are participants. Local participating charities are: Habitat for Humanity, Congregations Helping People, Shelly’s House, Interfaith Hospitality Network, Jason Lee Food Bank, H.O.M.E., and Bridges. Worldwide participating charities are: Heifer International, Bread for the World, Rwanda Women in Action, and UNICEF. There is a “giving tree” with opportunities to provide gifts for clients of Family Building Blocks and Salem – Keizer Literacy Project. The Nellie Thompson/Dorothy Patch Scholarship Fund, a charity that provides scholarships for local minority students, will be selling poinsettias to benefit the Scholarship Fund. For those shoppers wishing to select “real” presents, Fair Trade Crafts and Products from Around the World will be at the market with sustainably made and fairly traded products. There is also a Soup and Salad Lunch and a Bake Sale to support the First United Methodist Women and the First United Methodist Youth Group. It is a very festive and fun way to begin your holiday giving season while feeling good about your contribution toward a better world. • First United Methodist Church, Carrier Room • 600 State St, Salem • 503-364-6709
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