Gifts That Give Hope - Part 2

Gifts That Give Hope - Part 2

In a previous post, I introduced Gifts That Give Hope and some of the organizations involved in this year’s event. Here are a few more of the organizations that will be part of the 2011 GTGH fair:

At GTGH, you could purchase a gift for a loved one who’s passionate about the arts, youth or both by donating to Heads Up Lancaster. Heads Up connects professional artists with youth through in-school, after-school and summer camp programs where youth explore visual arts, design, dance, music and education to “empower their God-given passions and explore their creative soul.”

Lancaster Area Habitat for Humanity operates on the philosophy of offering “a hand up, not a handout” for low-income families to have their own home. Families put in 500 hours of sweat equity in helping to build their own home, alongside Habitat volunteers. Lancaster Habitat is celebrating their 25th year in 2011. Your gift donation to Habitat at GTGH can provide some of the tools and materials they need to complete a major project to build 19 townhomes in a Lancaster city neighborhood.

If you donate to the Lancaster County Council of Churches in honor of a loved one, your gift will provide much-needed food and clothing for struggling families in Lancaster through the LCCoC food and clothing banks. These are just two of many outreach programs run through LCCoC! Their other programs include a winter shelter program for the homeless, community meals and Wheels to Work, which provides free bicycles and low cost cars to people who lack transportation to get to their jobs.

A gift to Mental Health America of Lancaster County through Gifts That Give Hope will provide help for new parents to learn how to nurture their baby, anger management programs, or classes for women incarcerated at Lancaster County Prison to help them make better choices.

Music for Everyone is “dedicated to raising awareness and resources to strengthen the role that music plays in our schools and communities.” Since 2006, MFE has been awarding grants to school and community groups to help pay for music programs that might otherwise be cut (they’ve given out $200K in grants so far). They also help individual music students. If you’ve seen the colorfully painted pianos on the sidewalks around Lancaster city, that’s MFE at work in their program called “Keys for the City.” Check out this awesome Keys for the City video from MFE. Your gift donation to MFE can help keep music alive in schools and communities across Lancaster county.

Remember, there will be 30 non-profit organizations to which you can donate at this year’s Gifts That Give Hope fair. Stay tuned to my blog (see Follow and Subscribe options on right) for information about the other GTGH participants as well as some other terrific organizations that will be at the fair, fair trade items you can purchase at GTGH, and the excellent food that will be available at the fair from some of Lancaster’s best purveyors of gastronomic goodies!

And don’t forget the event this Friday, Sept 16, 2011, at 7:00PM, where Mike Yankoski, author of Zealous Love: A Practical Guide to Social Justice, will talk about eight of our most urgent social justice issues and how each of us can make a difference for our neighbors and for people around the world. Tickets to this event are $12 and are available at Oregon Dairy, Zanzibar, Square One Coffee and Sweet Charity Boutique. You can also get in touch with the organizers to obtain tickets via the Gifts That Give Hope Facebook page or the Gifts That Give Hope – Lancaster website

So, have you marked your calendar yet? What are you waiting for?

Zealous Love: An Evening with Mike Yankoski
WHEN: Friday, Sept 16, 2011 at 7:00PM
WHERE: Lancaster Bible College, 901 Eden Road, Lancaster, PA 17601

Gifts That Give Hope Alternative Gift Fair
WHEN: Sunday, November 20, 2011 from 10:00AM – 4:00PM
WHERE: Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601

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