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First Presbyterian Church to host Alternative Gift Market Sunday

Proceeds will benefit local and international charities

Posted: November 20, 2009 10:08 p.m.
Updated: November 21, 2009 4:55 a.m.

First Presbyterian Church will host an Alternative Christmas Gift Market from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday at 24317 N. Newhall Avenue in Newhall.

By shopping at the Alternative Christmas Market, families can make donations to different charity groups in the name of loved ones.  

Fair trade practice coffee, jewelry, crafts and gifts can be purchased from diverse groups.  

All these items are made by struggling artists and businessmen.

“Fair trade practices means the growers and craft people are paid fair wages for their work,” said Carol Wheeler, head of Alternative Market. “We only have groups at our Alternative Christmas Market that follow these policies.”

This year the church’s market includes Importing Peace One, a group assisting Palestinian olive farmers and bottlers to reach markets.

Lesser-known groups like Presbyterian Women Palm Project, where new varieties of palms are developed to assist women farmers, and the PW Mary Magdalene Mercantile, which helps women who have been victimized by street prostitution turn their lives around will also be present at the market.

The other groups being represented include: Free Wheelchair Mission, Habitat for Humanity, Heifer International, Help the Children Santa Clarita, Monte Vista Grove Home, Santa Clarita Valley Emergency Winter Shelter, SCV Senior Center, Mary Magdalene Project, Presbyterian Coffee Project, Ten Thousand Villages and The Legend of Wunderbar.  

For more information call the church office at (661) 259-0555.

First Presbyterian will host a second Alternative Christmas on Dec. 6.


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