Give a gift that keeps giving

Event to feature 17 non-profits

REEDSVILLE — With the holiday season fast approaching, Christmas shopping is soon going to be necessity.

However, it never fails that there is one or more people on the list that can be difficult to shop for. Cassie Campbell is one of the organizers for the Alternative Gift Fair held at the East Kish Presbyterian Church in Reedsville.

“This is an event that allows people to purchase a gift that is perfect for the person who doesn’t want or need things anymore,” she said.

The way the gift fair works is someone can donate money to a non-profit organization in the name or memory of someone else.

“You give the organization money, then get a card to give to the person you got it for,” Campbell said.

The event is  hosted by the church, which Campbell says does not keep any of the money donated. Organizations sign-up to participate in the fair. Each organization is given space to set up a booth explaining what they do. This year 17 non-profit agencies will be at the event. They include:

¯ Habitat for Humanity

¯ Milroy-Reedsville Meals on Wheels

¯ Smile Train

¯ AARF PA

¯ Heifer International

¯ Shelter Service

¯ Santa’s Book bag

¯ Lumina Center

¯ Reedsville Volunteer Fire Company

¯ Rescue Our Furry Friends

¯ Kruslund Camp Scholarship

¯ Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard

¯ Kish Valley Historical Society

¯ Mifflin-Juniata Pet Food Pantry

¯ The Abuse Network

¯ Friends of the Mifflin County Library

¯ Big Brothers Big Sisters

During the event people will travel through the booths and choose which organizations they wish to make a donation to. After visiting all of the booths a visitor will write one check with a piece of paper with marked with the organizations they are going to donate to.

“After writing the check, they will receive cards with the organization name on it to give to whomever the donation was in honor of,” Campbell said. “It is quick and informative that can be tailored to match your person’s interests.”

The event is going to be from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 4. A form will also be available online at eastkish.org and a check along with the form can be processed if mailed before Dec. 17.

This will be the eighth year of the gift fair and since the first year more than $50,000 has been collected and donated to different non-profit organizations that benefit Mifflin and Juniata counties.

A light lunch will be available for purchase at noon and there will be kids activities. An elevator is available for use.

Call 667-2806 for more information.

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