JCI hosts alternative gift fair

Eighth annual event set for Saturday, Dec. 9, at Vernon’s Schubert Centre

JCI Vernon is getting ready early for a season of giving.

JCI Vernon’s eighth annual Alternative Gift Fair runs Saturday, Dec. 9, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Schubert Centre.

“The fair offers holiday shoppers an easy way to buy gifts of charitable donations and to support their favourite causes,” said event co-chairperson Ute Cummings of JCI Vernon. “Each participating organization offers a variety of meaningful ‘gifts that keep giving’ in price ranges that start as low as $10. Shoppers receive cards and inserts, identifying their donations to give to their loved ones.”

Added co-chairperson Lindsey Still: ‘This is a great way to give back to your community and take time to remember the true spirit of the holiday season.”

Sun-FM is back as event sponsor.

The 2016 JCI Vernon Alternative Gift Fair brought in more than $5,000 for local and international not-for-profit organizations, and those numbers hope to be bettered this year. Representatives from each not-for-profit organization will be present at the fair to provide education about current projects and programs they offer.

“We’ve already had some of past year’s participants confirm their participation for this year as well as a couple of new ones ready to take part,” said Cummings. “What better way is there to give back to your community and take care of some Christmas shopping at the same time.”

Local not-for-profit organizations and charities may apply for inclusion in the event hosted by JCI Vernon.

Applications are available by contacting Cummings or Still at jcialternativegiftfair@gmail.com.

The deadline for completed applications is Nov. 18.

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