Life-changing gifts available Saturday at church fair

Looking for a perfect gift this holiday season for the “person who has everything” that will also reward you as the gift-giver? How about making a contribution in your recipient’s name to provide scholarships for children in Haiti, bicycles for healthcare workers in Kenya, or protection of the orangutan’s home in Indonesia?

Those are just some of the charitable opportunities that will be showcased at an Alternative Christmas Fair to be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Trumbull Congregational Church, 3115 Reservoir Ave.

The unique event, being conducted in partnership with the non-profit group Alternative Gifts International, will highlight more than a dozen humanitarian causes – projects that are devoted to relieving poverty and suffering around the globe.

In addition, the fair will feature handmade, fair-trade gifts, such as jewelry and handbags. Holiday season baked goods will likewise be available for purchase.

“We see this Alternative Christmas Fair as a chance to reclaim the true meaning of the season,” said the Rev. Tim Hare, the church’s pastor. “We especially hope that anyone who may be concerned about the holidays having become too consumer-oriented and materialistic will come and explore the range of options that will be on display. These are gifts that show love and affection for a friend or family member while also making the kind of difference about which everyone can feel good.”

For more information about the event, call the church at 203-268-2433. Questions can also be directed to Alice Warren at 203-913-9697 or Carolyn Kalahar at 203-260-2879.