Alternative giving Christmas Fair Dec. 3 in Wellsboro

WELLSBORO — The First Presbyterian Church of Wellsboro, 130 Main St., will hold its seventh annual Alternative Giving Christmas Fair from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 3 in the fellowship hall.

The fair is for those who have people on their Christmas lists who think they have enough “stuff” or love a particular cause. Or for those who believe Christmas is too commercial, missing the point of honoring the birth of Jesus.

Shoppers can “buy” food, pillows, blankets, school supplies and other necessary items to help individuals and families in need.

Each gift actually is a double gift — one for the person on the shopper’s list and the other for those in desperate need in this area or in the developing world.

The “shopper” can choose to give the gift in his name or someone else’s. The person in whose name the gift is given will receive an appropriate card informing him of this special present.

Each charitable organization will have a table with pictures, brochures, posters and other materials to explain its mission and goals and have people available to answer questions.  Each one will also have a “price list” of items to “purchase.”

As shoppers arrive, they will be given a list of the participating charities. After compiling the list of gifts, each shopper will go to a single checkout point and write one check payable to the First Presbyterian Church.  Following the fair, the church will write checks to the supported charities in the full amount of donations made.

Supported organizations include: Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Child Evangelism Fellowship, Haven, His Thousand Hills, Medical Benevolence Foundation, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Presbyterian Mission Agency (for Syrian refugee relief), Salvation Army, the Samaritan House, Seeds of Hope Partners, Tioga County Homeless Initiative and the Wellsboro Area Food Pantry.

In just four hours, last year’s Alternative Giving Christmas Fair raised $7,590 for the participating charities.

Free entertainment and light refreshments will be provided. Musicians performing at 11 a.m. are: Dave Milano on guitar, Daria Guelig on hammered dulcimer and concertina, and vocalists Jennifer McCarthy and Molly Howard Cary. Beginning at 12:30 p.m., music will be provided by Dan Krise on mandolin and fiddle, Colleen Krise on flute and  guitar and Jesse Gotschal on guitar.

For more information, call 570-723-1038.