JCI Alternative Gift Fair a success

Gift certificates were provided for those who made donations to charities, which can now be given as gifts.

Organizers say the sixth annual JCI Vernon Alternative Gift Fair was a successful event for the 18 organizations that participated.

Gift certificates were provided for those who made donations to the individual charities, which can now be given as holiday gifts.

The event raised more than $4,000 for B.C. SPCA, Clean Water for Haiti, the Community Dental Access Centre, JCI Helping Hands Project, Junction Literacy, the Kindale Development Association, the Mental Illness Family Support Centre, New Hope for Widow/ers, Road Home Rescue and Safekeeping Society, Sit Pretty Pit Rescue Society, Sleeping Children Around the World, Special Olympics, Teens Count Too, Upper Room Mission, Vernon Pet Soup Kitchen, Vernon Women’s Transition House, the Wellspring Foundation for Education and the Zimbabwe Project.

“Donations came in all sizes, ranging from $10 to several hundred dollars; collectively they will have a great impact on our community,” said Amanda Wilms, Alternative Gift Fair co-chairperson.

“We not only had past participants return this year but also had several new entries. On top of raising money, it also gave insight into many of the different programs available in our community,” added Jamie Bisset, who was also an event o-chairperson.