Alternative Giving Christmas Market

The Meeting House Alternative Giving Christmas Market is a wonderful way to honor friends and family by supporting our local, national and global partners while finding unique gifts for everyone on your list. Consider a farm animal for a family in Haiti, scholarships for children in Pakistan or Kenya, a scarf or some books for Alexandria seniors, or the tutoring program for Alexandria students. You can support Rise Against Hunger, Open Table breakfasts, Neighborhood Health programs, and many more organizations. For each purchase at the market, you will receive a card to give your friend or relative to tell them of your gift.

The 2019 Christmas Market is December 8 after the 11:00 a.m. worship service, and December 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., both in Fellowship Hall. If you are unable to attend in person but would like to participate, please use this form to make an online contribution to one or more of our partners.

 

Our Local Programs and Partners

Alexandria Tutoring Consortium

The Meeting House hosts the Alexandria Tutoring Consortium. Volunteers help kindergarten and first grade students learn to read, using customized lesson plans provided by program coordinators. In its 22nd year, the program achieves dramatic results working with Alexandria City Public Schools. Gifts of $10 to $50 fund books for students to take home and read with their families.

ALIVE!

OPMH participates in this 44-congregation organization that provides financial assistance for rent, food, medical care, job interview needs and a day preschool here in Alexandria. A $10 gift buys four workbooks for the childcare center; $50 helps with an electric bill; $75 buys food for three families; and $100 helps pay rent after an illness.

Family to Family

Volunteers at OPMH work with Alexandria-area social services to assist local families who need help paying rent, utilities, and emergency needs. Gifts of $10–$100 (or more help an individual, senior citizen, or family directly pay rent, stay warm this winter, keep the electricity on, and get to medical appointments. Hand-knitted items will also be for sale.

Friends of Guest House

This organization dedicates itself to the empowerment of female ex-offenders who sincerely desire to create a better life for themselves after incarceration. Your gift of $25 purchases public transportation for the work week, $50 purchases a week’s worth of food, and $100 helps buy winter coats and boots. Guest House clients have also created some beautiful jewelry and crafts for your gift-giving needs.

Greater Washington Interfaith Power & Light

This non-profit initiative helps religious institutions and others work for a just, sustainable, and healthier Creation by reducing the threat of climate change.

Neighborhood Health

This community health center’s clientele is a high-risk population with few options for obtaining health care services. Gifts of any amount help support primary medical, dental, or behavioral health services for uninsured children and adults.

Open Table

Open Table welcomes our area’s underserved neighbors every Thursday morning for breakfast and “go bags” with food for the day. Your gift is used to provide fresh and nourishing food for the hungry or warm clothing items to help them during the cold of winter.

Senior Services of Alexandria

OPMH partners with SSA to provide life-sustaining services for Alexandria’s most vulnerable seniors. Your gift of $25 provides two grocery deliveries for a homebound senior; $35 trains a Friendly Visitor for a socially isolated senior; and $50 provides 10 nutritious meals through the Meals on Wheels program.

Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy

Virginia’s oldest faith-based advocacy group seeks to empower Virginians to create social justice for all by advocating for systemic change.

VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement)

This advocacy program includes almost 50 faith communities committed to bringing people together across religious, racial, economic, and political party affiliations to build a stronger Northern Virginia.

 

Our National and Global Partners

Bread for the World

Providing a collective Christian voice, Bread for the World works through advocacy to build the political commitment necessary to overcome hunger and poverty.

Covenant Network of Presbyterians

Covenant Network is a broad-based national group of clergy and lay leaders working toward a more fully inclusive church.
 

Haiti

Our partner in Haiti is the Community Coalition for Haiti (CCH) in Jacmel and Pignon. CCH helps provide the necessities of life, including clean water, education, health care, and spiritual growth. Your gift of $10 buys seeds for a garden, $15 buys medicine, and $100 buys a pig.

Kenya

Our partners in Kenya provide nurturing and education for vulnerable children living without the love and care of parents. Your gifts from $5 to $950 provide food, school supplies, school fees, a social worker, and college tuition for 54 children in Moi’s Bridge at the United Orphanage and Academy; and for 30 children at the Njoro Day Program supporting orphans and vulnerable children.

Pakistan

Currently, the Presbyterian Education Board operates 21 schools and four student hostels for 6,000 Christian and Muslim boys and girls, regardless of their ability to pay. Gifts of $10 or more purchases books, school supplies, science, and computer equipment, and help fund scholarships and needed upgrades to school facilities. You may also purchase handcrafted items at the market.

Rise Against Hunger

RAH is an international hunger relief agency that distributes food and lifesaving aid to children and families around the world. We purchase ingredients from RAH (rice, soy protein, vitamins, and dehydrated vegetables) and combine those ingredients into packets that contain four meals. Twice a year, an RAH representative leads our members in packing 10,000 meals. The meals are distributed through schools, vocational training centers, child development programs, orphanages, or medical clinics.