JCI Vernon offers alternative to gift-giving

Applications are now being accepted for the Alternative Gift Fair

Local not-for-profit organizations and charities are invited to apply for the sixth Annual Alternative Gift Fair hosted by JCI Vernon Nov. 28.

The fair offers holiday shoppers an easy way to buy gifts of charitable donations and to support their favourite causes.

Each participating organization offers a variety of meaningful “gifts of help” in price ranges that start as low as $10. Shoppers receive cards and inserts that identify their donations.

In the past two years, the JCI Vernon Alternative Gift Fair has brought in more than $10,000 for both local and international organizations.

Participating organizations must send a representative to the fair, where they are able to promote their current and upcoming projects that their group offers.

The event will see one large difference this year: a new location. The Fairfield Inn & Suites on Anderson Way will be the venue for the 2015 JCI Vernon Alternative Gift Fair.

“We considered a new location for this year’s fair. The Fairfield Inn & Suites is easily accessible off Anderson Way and offers convenient parking,” said JCI Vernon Alternative Gift Fair co-chairperson Jamie Bisset.

Co-chairperson Amanda Wilms said this is a great opportunity to give back to the local community.

“We have already received positive responses from previous participating organizations and we’re excited to see them return this year,” said cWilms. “This is a great opportunity to give thoughtful gifts to those you love.”

Applications are available now; please contact Bisset or Wilms at jcialternativegiftfair@gmail.com. For more information, please visit www.jcivernon.com.

Deadline for completed applications is Nov. 16 at 5 p.m.

The JCI Vernon Alternative Gift Fair takes place Nov. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fairfield Inn & Suites on Anderson Way. This event is sponsored by 105.7 Sun FM and the Fairfield Inn & Suites.