The Season for Giving

By on 4 December, 2013 in Holidays, Shopping with 0 Comments

photo by queenbeeofbeverlyhills

It’s the time of year when your Montgomery Advertiser balloons to unimaginable sizes, stuffed with circulars and promotions as retailers compete for your holiday dollars. With the recent expansion of “Black Friday” to Thanksgiving, all of the consumption can start to feel a little overwhelming. You don’t need to be a fan of A Charlie Brown Christmas to appreciate the spirit of the holidays (though what’s wrong with you if you don’t love the jazzy soundtrack?); still, it seems like we sometimes need reminding that the holidays are a time to spend with family and friends, and sometimes the race for lots of stuff gets in the way.

Which is why we were so cheered to hear about the new River Region Alternative Gift Fair. This Saturday at the Cloverdale campus of Huntingdon College (where the former junior high is), from 10-2, a number of local charities will set up “shops” where folks can buy different “gifts” to support good works in the community. It’s such an interesting idea. The website sets out a “gift menu” where folks can choose among a wide variety of options. For example, if you wanted to donate to Habitat for Humanity, you could choose among the following gifts:

  • Two 2x4s to help construct a wall panel ($5)
  • A gallon of paint to personalize a child’s bedroom ($10)
  • One package of roofing shingles ($25)
  • Simple, decent, affordable homes for deserving low-income families ($50) 

If you are more interested in supporting the Montgomery Humane Society, the gift menu looks like this:

  • Kitten food for five kittens for one week ($5)
  • Dog food for three puppies for one week ($10)
  • Vaccinations for two puppies ($25)
  • Heartworm tests for two dogs ($50)

It’s an amazing idea to bring people together to share with the community in the spirit of the holidays. We hope that lots of people will show up to “shop.” It’s bound to be more humane than a Black Friday doorbuster-type experience, plus probably nobody will get trampled. Kudos go to the Work Area on Church & Society of the First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, Alabama for coming up with this great idea!

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