The First Presbyterian Church of Arlington, VA, will hold its annual Alternative Christmas Market on Sunday, December 3rd, 2017, from 9:30am to 1pm. This event offers a chance to help communities in Arlington and around the world while buying holiday gifts! Held in the church’s lower level social hall, the Alternative Christmas Market has tables representing nonprofit and fair trade organizations — the tables will be brimming with great potential presents, so get your list ready! The church is located at 601 N. Vermont Street, Arlington, 22203, a few blocks from the Ballston Metro stop, and there will be plenty of free parking. This Chrismas market is an alternative to crowded malls and has unique handmade products.
Picture tables filled with these great gift ideas…
… quality zaatar spice, olive oil, tapenade and soap – the funds support the Olive Oil Ministry for inter-faith peace building in Palestine and Israel
… lovely handmade gifts for all ages from Latin America, Asia and around the globe – Ten Thousand Villages supports craft makers in 30 developing countries through markets like ours
… African jewelry, figurines and sculpted and carved bowls and candlesticks – African Team Ministries provides funding for orphans and refugee relief missions in East Africa
… brightly colored beads adorning animal figures and Christmas trees formed from wire – funds from the Coalition for Courage table support the school fees of students in Zimbabwe, particularly Priscilla
— scrumptious smelling candles, bath soaks and lip balms made in Tennessee by women survivors of trafficking and addiction, supported by Thistle Farms
… carved wooden crosses, bowls and spoons, stained glass Christmas ornaments, and embroidery – funds raised by Pal Craftaid support health and education in the West Bank and Gaza areas of Palestine.