Alternative Gift Fair
November 21 @ 8:00 am - December 12 @ 5:00 pm CST
Two shopping options are available this year; purchase in-person on Sunday, November 21 from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. or purchase online. Give a gift to a friend or family member while simultaneously helping to serve the needs of our community. Once you purchase the gift in the amount you choose, all donations will be transferred directly to the non-profit or organization.
See you on the 21st! Or, follow the instructions below with this order form: Alternative Gift Fair Form (Ten Thousand Villages will also give Grace Missions 15% of sales for purchases on their website from Nov 21-28 – use the code at checkout: graceumc21. tenthousandvillages.com)
STEP 1: Download and print the form called “Alternative Gift Fair Form.” Read thru the gift choices and mark the number of gifts and the amount you would like to purchase.
STEP 2: Total up your order. If you would like to give a card to the recipient of your gift, add an extra $1 for each card. Remember to double check your math.
STEP 3: Pay for the gifts with a credit card on the website at Grace’s Push Pay. Click the “Give Now” button in the upper right and choose the Alternative Gift Fair Fund (at the bottom) to make this one time gift. If you requested cards to give to your friend or family, expect to receive them in the mail in about a week.
STEP 5: Sit back and enjoy a stress-free day of shopping! Your gift giving is complete!
To learn about each of the organizations, read on:
Ten Thousand Villages
will give Grace Missions 15% of sales for purchases on their website from Nov 21-28 – use the code at checkout: graceumc21
Grace Food Ministry
Free weekly meals served at Center of Grace for the community on Wednesday and Thursday nights. At this time, meals are to-go only.
Give Ye Them To Eat
An integrated development program for South Central Mexico founded in 1977 as a social outreach project of the Methodist Church of Mexico to combat hunger and poverty in rural areas. Funding is needed to host courses and classes at GYTTE’s “Tree of Life” Training Center. Workshops are also offered on location in village communities.
Cornerstones of Care
Residential treatment facility for boys and girls suffering from the trauma of abuse and neglect. In 1997, Gillis, Ozanam and Spofford joined forces to form the Gillis-Ozanam-Spofford Consortium; Marillac joined in 1998, becoming Cornerstones of Care, which also grew to include Healthy Families. In 2017, the agencies combined into one entity.
Center of Grace
Originally the home of Grace United Methodist Church, in 1999 it was converted into this centrally located mission center to serve all of Olathe. In 2016 Center of Grace became an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit, remaining part of the Grace UMC family. Services include, Community Dinners, Boys & Girls Club, Hygiene Products, Clothing Closet, Medical Equipment Loan, ELL Preschool, JCCC English classes, Community Garden, Community Health Screens, and Scouting.
Center of Grace Clothing Closet
The Center of Grace clothing ministry receives and distributes clothes for babies, children, youth, women and men as well as linens, household goods, toys and books. All work is done by community volunteers.
Boys and Girls Club
Center of Grace Partnership offering before, after school and summer programming for K-12 students, and are currently licensed to serve 125 students.
Grace Love Fund
Money for rent and utility assistance.
Deaf International is committed to following our Lord Jesus Christ in standing with the poor and oppressed by promoting human rights for Deaf people worldwide and proclaiming the Good News of God’s Kingdom in American Sign Language. The Deaf Refugee Center currently works with over 50 refugees, including Deaf people and their family members. Weekly classes in American Sign Language, English, basic life skills, US culture, health, employment preparation, citizenship preparation, and counseling, coordination with community agencies, transportation, interpreting services, food and hygiene product delivery are among the services provided. Deaf Bridge Freedom in Christ is an allied organization providing access to healing and support for the Deaf Community and their families.
Since 1980, Safehome, a nonprofit organization and domestic violence shelter in Johnson County, has been dedicated to ending domestic violence and partner abuse. By providing shelter, individual and group counseling, court and legal support, and community programs and engagement, approximately 8,000 individuals each year benefit- receiving the support they need to lead healthy, independent lives.
Pathway to Hope
Pathway To Hope is committed to encourage,empower and educate individuals and families whose lives have been turned upside down from dealing with a broad spectrum of mental illness.
Santa Fe Waystation
Since 2003, Santa Fe Waystation Pantry, based out of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Overland Park, KS, has provided food and basic supplies for families in five counties using resources from the federal government (TEFAP), Harvesters, grants, and donations.
The Starfish Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting people and resources through acts of kindness,resulting in the enrichment of every life in the community.
Our focus is on helping the most vulnerable children overcome poverty and experience fullness of life. We help children of all backgrounds, even in the most dangerous places, inspired by our Christian faith.