Barita Durward (owner of Cotton’s Chocolates) shows pictures from the Sweet Smiles Society, which raises funds to help children in orphanages and tough situations in Mexico. Sweet Smiles was just one of the charities represented at the JCI Alternative Gift Fair at the Schubert Centre on Saturday. (Lisa Mazurek/Morning Star)

Barita Durward (owner of Cotton’s Chocolates) shows pictures from the Sweet Smiles Society, which raises funds to help children in orphanages and tough situations in Mexico. Sweet Smiles was just one of the charities represented at the JCI Alternative Gift Fair at the Schubert Centre on Saturday. (Lisa Mazurek/Morning Star)

Season of Giving

JCI Alternative gift fair in Vernon supports charities

The season of giving is paying off for some non-profit organizations.

JCI Vernon held its annual Alternative Gift Fair Saturday – where residents can give donations in the name of loved ones for Christmas.

“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.”

Donations can still be made through the various local groups and charities in the area by contacting them directly.



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Season of Giving