On December 8th, UMCC gave the world a fantastic gift: $3,872 toward a better life. On that day, people shopped for Christmas gifts for friends and neighbors, buying things that were the right color, the exact size needed and what the recipients really needed. The twist was that the purchases were made in the name of the receiver, not something that was given to them but by them. More than half of the gifts purchased helped local missions, for example: Bean’s Café, New Day Ministries, Children’s Lunch Box, Eagle River Food Pantry, Birchwood Camp, Love INC, Head Start children and music programs at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center.
The Alternative Gift Market sold support for Shelter Box (world-wide), The Christmas Institute (Philippines), Safe Homes for Orphans (Mexico), Harvesting Water for Schools (India), Hugging Grannies (China), Backpacks Full of Health Care (Burma), and Helping the Blind to See (Tibet) for a total of $2,030.
A big thank you to everyone who sponsored a booth, held a home show, purchased a gift, visited with booth sponsors, assisted with check out, brought snacks, and prayed for a better world through our gifts.
An even bigger thank you is in order for Stacy Flagg and Sandra Woods, Alternative Christmas Market Coordinators.