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    Shop Gifts that Give Back at the Alternative Gift Fair

    Give gifts that give back this holiday season.


    The 10th Annual Lancaster Gifts that Give Hope is on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 10am to 4pm and features ways to give back, shop ethically, and invest in transformative causes.


    “Giving gifts that go towards a cause is important,” said Jenn Knepper, organizer of the event. “Many of these things will resonate with people more than just material items.”


    Jenn was inspired by attending a similar event in 2007 in Harrisburg.


    “I saw this type of event in a newspaper and thought it was a great idea,” she said. “I knew I was not the only one who felt overwhelmed over the holiday shopping when I kept thinking ‘do I have to buy all of this stuff?’ Once I saw this, it felt good to give back and purchase items that support a cause instead.”


    The first event held in Lancaster was in 2008 and has continued for a decade of excellence, providing shoppers with opportunity to support meaningful organizations and purposeful ethical businesses.


    “We can all make these ethical socially-conscious choices to give back using purchasing power,” added Jenn. “It helps others to be intentional with gifting.”


    The event is full of exciting opportunities to shop gifts, donate to organizations, eat food, and engage with the community.


    “What I always hope people get out of the gift fair is an opportunity to learn more about others and how to be an advocate for people all around the world,” said Jenn. “I think everyone has a cause that is important to them—and at this fair, there really is something for everyone.”


    Below are 4 reasons to visit the 2017 Gifts that Give Hope Alternative Gift Fair this year. We can’t wait!



    Clare House

    LEFT: Girls on the Run. RIGHT: Habitat for Humanity.

    1) Opportunity to donate to nonprofit organizations


    There are over 30 organizations that serve a variety of local and international needs that attendees can donate to. There is A Week Away (provides a week of peace for families battling life-threatening illness), Clare House (serving women and children experiencing homelessness), HOPE International (investing in underserved communities around the world), The Literacy Council (promoting lifelong learning), Orphan Relief and Rescue (fighting for justice for orphaned children), MEDA (creating international business solutions to alleviate poverty), Operation Homefront (serving America’s military families), and many other organizations.


    One new organization to join the lineup is Liberty in North Korea—an organization that focuses on helping the civilians in North Korea suffering from oppressive government and social pressures.


    From local initiatives to global movements, there will be an assortment of causes to explore and support. Find the whole list of participating organizations online here.




    Revolution Lancaster

    LEFT: Friendship Heart Gallery. RIGHT: Fair trade olive oil from Canaan Fair Trade

    2) Shopping in the ethical marketplace


    We love having the option to purchase a gift that goes back to a powerful cause.


    The ethical marketplace is full of vendors that represent a larger movement. By purchasing items from these organizations, you can help support initiatives that give back to others, cultivate communities around the world, and ensure a socially-conscious lifestyle.


    Shops such as Friendship Heart Gallery (offering artwork created through artistic expression by Artists with intellectual disabilities), Revolution Lancaster (offering jewelry made with the purpose to build relationships and community), Imagine Goods (offering products from around the world crafted by vulnerable and marginalized people to ensure they have fair wages), are all going to be there with items to sell.


    For a complete list of vendors, visit online here.


    We can’t wait to shop gifts that give back.

    LEFT: Stroopies from the Lancaster Sweet Shoppe. MIDDLE: Humankind Water. RIGHT: Upohar

    3) An assortment of ethical eats


    What’s better than eating a delicious lunch at the fair? How about eating a delicious lunch knowing your purchase goes back to those in need?


    There will be some delicious food vendors at this event that support social missions.


    Upohar Catering Services will be there serving delicious global cuisine. The mission behind Upohar is to employ, train, and pay living wages to people experiencing significant barriers to workforce entry (such as local women experiencing homelessness, or newly resettled refugees).


    The Lancaster Sweet Shoppe will also be there with their mouthwatering stroopies. This dessert destination has helped refugees in Lancaster find employment.


    Then, refresh with a bottle of water or tea from Humankind Water. Each bottle of water purchased supports initiatives to create clean drinking water by providing funds to develop systems and wells in communities around the world.


    LEFT: Quite the Same by Annette Darity Garber. RIGHT: Don't miss the kid-friendly scavenger hunt!

    4) Family-friendly educational fun


    It’s always important to educate the next generation on the importance of human rights and supporting others.


    That’s why this year, for the first time, the gift fair is having a special scavenger hunt for kids. There will be different stations where kids will learn different rights from the Declaration of Human Rights. And once the scavenger hunt is completed, there will be a book prize given out to participants.


    Also, there will be local authors at this event including Annette Darity Garber who wrote Quite the Same— a children’s book by that helps break down preconceived ideas regarding people from around the world. It’s a great book to help show that we are all very similar regardless of where we are from.



    From ethical shopping and mission-focused organizations, to delicious food and kid-friendly activities, you don’t want to miss the 10th Annual Gifts that Give Hope Alternative Gift Fair this holiday season on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 10am to 4pm. Find out all the information regarding this event on the event website