2018 Alternative Gift

Alternative giving is a form of gift giving in which the giver donates to a charitable organization on the gift recipient’s behalf, rather than giving them an item. Each year, Old First provides an Alternative Gift option for those who may be searching for a special way to acknowledge someone in their life. This year, our Alternative Gift option will support Together We Rise.

Together We Rise (TWR) is comprised of young adults and former foster youth. Their vision is to improve the lives of children in foster care, who often find themselves forgotten and neglected by the public. TWR fundraises to help children who are separated from their parents. Being removed from your caregivers and placed into foster care is very traumatic. By donating to Together We Rise, we are helping provide items that help children feel comfortable and safe while experiencing displacement and foster care.

TWR works with hundreds of foster agencies, social workers, CASA advocates, and other partners to bring their programs to foster youth across the nation. The fundraisers have allowed the company to provide thousands of foster youth across the country with new bicycles, college supplies, and sweet cases so that children do not have to travel from home to home with their belongings in a trash bag.

An Alternative Gift for Together We Rise provides a life-changing impact:

  • $10 purchases a teddy bear for a young child
  • $15 purchases toiletries and craft items to fill a small duffel bag
  • $20 purchases a duffel bag for a teenager
  • $25 can a “sweet case” for small children that includes activities and a teddy bear
  • $50 can purchase a bike building kit for child in foster care

I will have a table set up on November 25 and Dec 2 after worship for you to purchase Alternative Gifts and ask any questions you may have about this project. Due to scheduling with choir practices, I may have a table on Dec 9th and 16th but you may have to search me out if you don’t see a table set up downstairs. We will continue to collect gifts until Epiphany! We will provide gift cards that you can send to your recipient so that they know a donation was made in their name.

If you would like to give a gift online, you can donate through this link: https://www.togetherwerise.org/fundraise/oldfirst

Thank you and I’ll see you in church,

Billi C