With the Christmas shopping season, it’s hard not to run out and buy stuff for those special someones in your life.
Then there’s the other part of the season, which is giving to those who are in need.
What is the balance between buying, on one hand, and giving on the other? One way to resolve this question would be to attend the annual Alternative Christmas Fair in State College.
At this event, which was created more than 20 years ago to provide an alternative to an overcommercialized holiday, attendees get information about and ask questions of 23 participating charities, most of them local.
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Fairgoers can then donate to the charity or charities of their choice in the name of others. They receive a certificate indicating that such a donation has been made that they can present in lieu of “stuff.”
One hundred percent of the donations made to the charities actually go to the charities. In addition, the fair has a variety of baked goods and a number of delicious soups on sale. An accompanying Children’s Fair lets the kids participate in various games.
The fair will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the University Baptist and Brethren Church, 411 S. Burrowes St.
Please come and make a difference in the lives of others!
Henry Gong, State College