Alternative Alternative Gift Market 2020

Gear up for the 2020 Alternative Alternative Gift Market!  Following in the footsteps of this year, this market will be like no other.

We look forward to the return of our more traditional Alternative Gift Market next year, but we want to provide our congregation with the opportunity to continue to shop unique products while supporting fair trade and organizations and businesses that continue to need support during this challenging year.

The annual Alternative Gift Market, sponsored by the Mission Committee, will be available to you at any time during the holiday season.

Please consider visiting the websites of the vendors listed below to benefit local and international charities and fair trade.  You can send a donation directly to the organizations or send a check to the church office with a note that it is for a particular organization.

Please click here to contact the Mission Committee – Ashley Force  or Sarah Nepple with any questions.

Heifer Project

Help end hunger and poverty in a sustainable way by supporting and investing alongside local farmers and their communities.
Kirk Care

Kirk Care’s mission is to feed the hungry living within the Kirkwood R-7 District boundaries.
Kwasha Kids

Kwasha-Kids was founded in 2013 with the purpose of providing an education for the underserved children in Solwezi, Zambia. There is an emphasis placed on girls who have less of an opportunity for education. Karen Raborn and Mary Ann Shaw usually spend their weekends with us for the alternative gift market. While we won’t be able to shop their beautiful crafts and other items, we hope that you will still support them in their mission.
The students are back at Kwasha Molya Community School. However, with a current enrollment of 455 students, and in the middle of a pandemic, there is a shortage of meals. $20 will feed a student for the entire year! They need desks and supplies as well. Any donation is appreciated! They now have a website if you would like more information or to make a donation. You can also mail a check to the church office with a note that it is for Kwasha Kids. Kwasha Kids will be sending a beautiful handmade mask, made from Authentic Kente fabric to anyone who makes a donation.
Lydia’s House

Lydia’s House works in faith to end domestic violence by being a place of healing and a voice of hope for abused women and their children.
More Than Coffee

More Than Coffee (MTC) is a local coffee shop in Manchester, Missouri. The unique thing about MTC is their ongoing ministry to help physically and mentally challenged individuals become trained in the workplace. Anytime you stop by for a coffee, snack, or even lunch, you are helping to support that ministry. Last year, MTC came to our alternative gift market and had baked goods, coffee (both ground and whole bean), and chocolate covered espresso beans for sale. You can swing by their shop and support this local coffee shop or make a donation on their website.
Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Service - Farmington Children’s Home

We will certainly miss the delicious treats provided by the women’s circles in our church, but you are still able to support the Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services. PCHAS in Farmington began as an orphanage in 1914 and by the 1970s evolved to provide residential treatment for teenagers recovering from abuse, neglect, and abandonment. PCHAS is fully committed to Christ-centered care for children and families in need. They have both residential and community-based programs and emphasize preventive services that break cycles of abuse and neglect.
Project Peanut Butter

The children in our church look forward to the annual tradition of assembling cookie mixes to sell at the alternative gift market to raise money for Project Peanut Butter. Fortunately, you still have the opportunity to donate to help fight starvation in our world and support PPB. Local doctors created Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food that is an energy-dense, peanut butter like paste that saves the lives of severely malnourished children.
Room at the Inn

Room at the Inn is a temporary, emergency shelter program for homeless women and families. Our church has been involved with hosting RATI.
Zee Bee Market

Zee Bee Market is a local, ethical retail store that sells socially and environmentally conscious gifts from around the world. They sell a collection of handcrafted, Fair Trade and sustainably produced gifts and treats. This is a wonderful store with two locations, one on South Grand and one in Maplewood. They are pleased to offer free shipping on all orders over $60 and also offer safe, contactless, Curbside Pickup.