East Kishacoquillas Presbyterian Church to host Alternative Gift Fair

REEDSVILLE – For the person who has everything, consider a gift that gives twice.

The fifth annual Alternative Gift Fair is scheduled to be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at East Kishacoquillas Presbyterian Church in Reedsville. The event features local and worldwide nonprofit and humanitarian agencies and gives participants an opportunity to support their missions.

Event organizer Cassie Campbell said shoppers may browse 16 booths and make donations in the name of friends and family to the organizations of their choice. The organizations in attendance will represent a variety of programs to match the interests of those honored with a gift.

Shoppers will receive a greeting card for each recipient which includes a small identification card with the name of the program their donation supports.

“I think that in a small town, we take care of each other. This is just a really wonderful way to help the programs continue,” Campbell said.

“How many sweaters do we need?” Campbell quipped.

Representatives from the following groups are set to attend the fair this year: Kishacoquillas Valley Historical Society, Santa’s Bookbag, The Abuse Network, LUMINA Center, Rescue Our Furry Friends, Mifflin County 4-H, Habitat for Humanity, Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, Mifflin-Juniata Pet Food Pantry, United Way of Mifflin-Juniata, Reedsville Volunteer Fire Company, Friends of the Mifflin County Library, Shelter Services, Milroy-Reedsville Meals on Wheels, Heifer International and Smile Train.

Since its first year in 2009, Campbell said the gift fair has raised $25,648.30 for participating organizations. The best part, she said, is that most donations directly benefit the local community.

“It’s not just about giving gifts … it’s telling someone you mean something to them in a meaningful way,” she said.

Those who are unable to attend the fair in person may still participate by completing a donation form through the church’s website, at www.eastkish.org. Forms must be mailed by Dec. 15 to ensure that acknowledgement cards are mailed back in time for Christmas.