Change the World: The Alternative Gift Expo returns!

CHANGE THE WORLD… BUY A DOLL from the ANDES at St. Paul’s Cathedral! 

St. Paul’s Alternative Gift Expo returns on Sunday, Nov. 22, 8:30AM-1:30PM to the Great Hall! 

Coming together with common values, our St. Paul’s community demonstrates an alternative to our commercial consumptive culture-a colorful and festive marketplace with choices of gifts that revolve around issues you care about. Donate chicks to a Central American family in the honor of a beloved friend. Perhaps you will buy savory soup mixes to feed your family on Sunday evening. Even become a source of venture capital at La Maestra Foundation for a struggling new entrepreneur.

Enjoy yourself, and bring a friend and the kids! Children will find there is a selection of small priced items that make special gifts for friends or family.

P.S. Yummy Tomorrow Project soup and bread will be offered for refreshment, and we will accept Cash, Check and Credit cards

Offerings Include:

  • Equal Exchange/Fair Trade Chocolate, Coffee, Tea and more- $1-$15
  • Q’ewar Project– beautiful handmade dolls of cotton, soft sheep and alpaca wool
  • Episcopal Relief and Development– Donations of mosquito nets, goats, chickens, pigs…! $12+
  • Episcopal Community Services- Subway and Target Gift Cards for Downtown Safe Haven (our close neighbor) and Friend to Friend (helping adults with mental disabilities get their feet on the ground), $10 and $25
  • The Meeting Place Clubhouse- sales of succulents in creative planters, candy cane flower vases, photo squares, hot chocolate in jars, and cookie mix, assist adults with mental conditions re-enter the workplace, $5-$10
  • Mission in Maseno (Kenya)– handcrafted note cards benefitting the AIDS/HIV hospital and small college, $15
  • Haiti Health Clinic– help purchase blood pressure medications for Dr. Bart Smoot’s Blood Pressure Clinic- $20+
  • Plant with Purpose– renew the earth with gifts of trees, chicks, family gardens, bunnies, $1+
  • Nonviolent Peaceforce– Buy a Peace Bond or potholder to support this group’s training of civilians to provide unarmed civilian peacekeeping in violent areas of the world, $10
  • Ten Thousand Villages- a myriad of unusual small gifts from fair trade communities across the globe, a varied range of prices
  • Tomorrow Project– fabulous soups (enjoy a cup for lunch!), spice rubs, and rice mixes train and empower low-income women for work readiness, $7+

Other opportunities will be offered from Habitat for Humanity, Simpler Living, Vida Joven, RefugeeNet, Uptown Faith Community Service Center, and the St. John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem.

 Melinda will be on hand with her delicious jams that support the St. Paul’s Organ Fund.

Join us!

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