Global Holiday Faire is Here!

 “One Stop Shopping - Double Your Holiday Giving” is the slogan for the Ecumenical Global Holiday Faire. Usually, that one stop is the Fellowship Hall on the first Saturday of December. This year, we are doing things differently, and that one stop is our virtual marketplace at which is already up and running! Plus unlike our first 22 years, this year’s Faire will be going from October through December.

Visit the website now to shop at five non-profit organizations - SERRV International, Concern America, Global Mamas, Women’s Bean Project and Gifts for the Journey. You can find something for everyone on your list at these sites. And for the person who has everything? Think about an alternative gift through Heifer International or Arbor Day Foundation, which are also part of our marketplace. When you shop through any of them, your purchase helps someone in need - thus doubling your holiday giving. Plus, some of these organizations have given the Faire’s shoppers exclusive coupon codes which you can find on the website.

Every year, the Faire also supports several Vallejo charities. On the website, you will find information about them and ways to donate to them to help carry out their important work. On the site, you can also make a donation to the Faire itself. The money collected through those donations will be split between the Amador St. Hope Center, Genesis House and the dePaul Women’s Center.

Another way to help is to spread the word. Tell people about it. Post a link to the website on your social media. Email it out to everyone you know. There are people who can’t shop the Faire in person who now can participate for the first time. Soon, we will send out a flier which can be distributed electronically too, so keep an eye out for that. Getting the word out and encouraging as many people as possible to do their online holiday shopping through instead of commercial websites is key.

This is a totally new way of doing our Faire and we hope we can have a similar impact to last year when we raised over $15,600. Look for more announcements about other ways that you can support the Faire in the upcoming weeks (and months). And again, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.