In the past two years, close to $14,000 has been raised for non-profit charities, both locally and around the world, thanks to the Give A Lasting Gift Society.
And the hope is to raise even more this year, as the society holds its Alternative Gift Fair, which gives shoppers the opportunity to purchase “gifts with a twist” by donating to charities of their choice in a loved one’s name.
Taking place Saturday at the Schubert Centre, the fair feature a wide variety of participants, including: the Dental Access Society, Habitat for Humanity, Amnesty International, Nicaragua Fuente de Vida, Good Food Box, Grannies A Gogo, Vernon Women’s Transition House Society, Road Home Society, Family Resource Centre, Upper Room Mission, Zimbabwe Project, Some Day is Now International and the Schubert Centre.
“The fair features local and international charities and offers shoppers a chance to support the important work that they do while crossing off their holiday shopping to-do list,” said Teresa Bowers, with the society.
“Shoppers attending the fair are provided a shopping list of potential donations that provide a description of where their donations are utilized.
“Representatives from each charity will be on hand so shoppers have the opportunity to learn more about how their donations help.”
The Give A Lasting Gift Society will collect all donations on the charity’s behalf and shoppers will receive a donation voucher and holiday card to provide to the recipient of their gift. Tax receipts will be mailed to the shopper from most charitable organizations.
The Alternative Gift Fair takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Schubert Centre. For more information, see www.givealastinggift.com