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Alternative Christmas Gift Fair Sunday, December 8, 2019

 In your gift giving this year please consider gifts that improve lives. The Alternative Gift Fair offers Village Church families and friends an easy way to reach out from our relative abundance to make Christmas gifts to those more needy through 9 organizations with strong Village Church connections.

You can make individual donations for as many different organizations as you want with cash, a check, or a credit card at each of the tables. Donations go directly to the participating organizations.

Follow this link for a list of contribution suggestions.

If you would like to pay later, please fill out this form and then send a check by December 16 to Wellesley Village Church, 2 Central St., Wellesley, MA 02482  Attn: Alternative Christmas Gift Fair.

Hoops & Homework ( https://www.hoopsandhomeworkinc.com/ ) offers academic and enrichment services to youth living in the lowest income section of Framingham. The founder, Herb Chasan, received the church’s Abernethy award this year. This is the first year the organization is in the Alternative Christmas Fair. 

A Place to Turn ( http://aplacetoturn-natick.org/ ) is committed to providing emergency food and clothing to those in need in the MetroWest community.  Guests are served in an atmosphere of caring and respect.

Family Promise MetroWest ( http://familypromisemetrowest.org ) transforms the lives of families with children who are homeless by mobilizing a diverse community to provide shelter, education and support. Village Church is a founding member and one of 19 host congregations.  Volunteers from 31 support congregations and the community at large offer meals and companionship.  Professional case management is provided at our Day Center in Natick. Family Promise is a national program of over 200 affiliates.

Chaplain’s on the Way ( http://www.chaplainsontheway.org ) goes out into the streets, shelters and soup kitchens to bring a ministry of spiritual care and hope to people experiencing homelessness in Waltham.

Pathway to Possible ( https://pathway2possible.org/ ) has served individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families since 1972. The Pathway to Possible mission is to offer a spectrum of local services to their families, and to offer programs to increase community awareness and receptivity regarding persons with disabilities. (Formerly Newton Wellesley Weston Committee for Community Living)

For His Children ( http://www.forhischildren.org ) ministers to homeless children, including those with special needs. It provides food, clothing, health care, education, therapy, and a loving home to newborns, toddlers, and older children until they can be reunited with their parents or placed into adoptive homes.

Heifer International ( https://www.heifer.org/ ) is a global nonprofit working to eradicate poverty and hunger through sustainable, values-based holistic community development. Heifer distributes animals, along with agricultural and values-based training to families in need around the world as a means of providing self-sufficiency. Recipients agree to “pass on the gift” by sharing animal offspring, as well as the skills and knowledge of animal husbandry and agricultural training with other impoverished families.

El Porvenir ( http://www.elporvenir.org ) supports self-help community-initiated water, sanitation and reforestation projects in Nicaragua. Potable water projects are their number one priority.

Friends of Fumbelo ( http://www.friendsoffumbelo.com/ ) provides education, medical care and support to the children of Fumbelo, a village in Zambia, Africa.  Once a year Friends of Fumbelo members travel with supplies to enhance our programs in education, medical supplies, and bulk food supplies.