November 29, 2012

Alternative Gift Fair is today at St. Augustine's Chapel

The fifth annual Alternative Gift Fair will be held today from 3-7 p.m. in St. Augustine’s Chapel, 200 24th Ave. S.

Alternative Gift Fair at Vanderbilt University seeks to promote and facilitate alternative gift giving by bringing together benevolent campus and community organizations.

Alternative gift giving enables individuals to make charitable donations, often toward specific items or services, or to purchase tangible fundraising gifts in honor of their loved ones.

Attendees at the fair are handed a “shopping list.” The list includes alternative gifts, such as an overnight stay at the Ronald McDonald House for families and children suffering from cancer, or books and toys for inner city children in Nashville.

More than 30 Nashville and international non-profits attend the Alternative Gift Fair, including Magdalene House, Preston Taylor Ministries, Hospital Hospitality House and Dismas House.

Each organization hosts a table representing their national and international charities; these representatives give gift cards and information to those who provide a gift to their table. The alternative gifts range from $1 to $100 and are tax deductible.

Local musicians will play, and finger foods and warm drinks are also available.