Curwensville Presbyterian Church

  430 Locust Street ** Curwensville, Pennsylvania  16833 ** (814) 236-1060 ** 

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Alternative Gift Fair "He declared that these days are to be days for feasting and celebrating and for sending gifts of food to one another, especially gifts to the poor." Ester 9:22b

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Alternative giving is a form of gift giving in which the giver makes a donation to a charitable organization in the recipientís name, rather than giving an item. The idea of giving something to one person by paying another was invented by Benjamin Franklin as a "trick [...] for doing a deal of good with a little money", which came to be known as "pay it forward."[1]

This form of giving is often used as an alternative to consumerism and to mitigate the impact of gift-giving on the environment.[2] Charities that promote this type of donating will normally provide a card or certificate describing the donation, often with an example of how the donation will be used (such as one dayís worth of food for a hungry person) or a symbolic denomination, called "ownership" or "adoption" (of an animal or a tree for example). Some charities promote alternative giving at weddings in place of wedding favors normally providing several cards to be left on tables at the reception letting guests know a donation has been made rather than individual cards for each guest. Kate Middleton and Prince William made the decision to "Pay it Forward" with their wedding gifts, asking that the money to be used for gifts be given to charities and good causes.

This Fall The Curwensville Presbyterian Church will ADD a "Alternative Gift Fair", to its well known "Octoberfest" to offer a new and charitable way to give gifts.  In exchange for a donation - givers receive a GIFT CARD explaining the charity. This can then be given as your alternative gift.

CLICK to view list of mission organizations included then CLICK the link above for this year's shopping list.and your chance to be involved in this ministry.  If you are unable to attend the two events at the church - please feel free to do your shopping by mail.   Just fill out your shopping list and mail it together with your payment and we will gladly return your gift cards by return mail. All are welcome!: click here to E-Mail the Alternative Gift Fair group   if you have any questions.

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