A New Tradition at Christmas

Montgomery, AL, August 28, 2013 – The Work Area on Church and Society of the First United Methodist Church today announced an event set for this December that will offer residents of the River Region a meaningful new way to give Christmas gifts. The event is the inaugural River Region Alternative Gift Fair.

Shoppers at the fair will be able to buy “gifts” from area nonprofits to honor their family, friends, co-workers, teachers, and clients. Each “gift” will be a financial contribution supporting a specific need of the organization. So, for example, a shopper might honor her food-loving friend by giving a week’s worth of hot meals to a family in need. Or a construction business might honor its clients by helping a construction-related nonprofit buy building supplies. Gift prices start at $5 and are tax deductible.

“We are thrilled to sponsor the River Region Alternative Gift Fair,” said Rev. John Blount, Minister of Mission and Service at First United Methodist Church. “We believe that the birth of Jesus Christ signals God’s plan for restoring and redeeming our world. What better way to celebrate Christmas than through gifts that restore and redeem our community?”

The fair will be held Saturday, December 7, 2013, 10am to 2pm, in the Drum Theater on the Cloverdale Campus of Huntingdon College (formerly Cloverdale Junior High School), 1125 East Fairview Avenue in Montgomery. Interested persons may visit www.GiveHopeRiverRegion.org to learn more and keep abreast of developments in the planning process.

Organizations that wish to participate in the fair may apply online. (The application is accessible under the “Making It Happen” menu option.) The deadline for applications is 4:30pm, Wednesday, September 25, 2013.

For more information, contact Gift Fair chair Will Parker at (334) 538-8464 or Gift Fair clergy liaison Rev. John Blount at (334) 834-8990. Or contact us online at www.GiveHopeRiverRegion.org.