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Holiday Benevolence Market

Date: 2016 December date to be announced

Place: First Presbyterian Church, Athens, GA

Time: Noon-2:00 p.m.

Featuring: Live music, light lunch

Shopping List: Click here for the form.

Tax Receipt: Print out and keep for your records. Click here

The Holiday Benevolence Market began in 1994 as a joint venture between First Presbyterian member Mary Burton and the First Presbyterian Outreach committee.  In 2003, other Athens congregations joined.

Patrons are given a “shopping list” that includes all of the agencies represented and items that can be “purchased.” The list includes a range of prices. For example, a shopper might buy a box of nails for $10 that will be used in building a Habitat for Humanity house. Or, for $100, a child can be sent to the Extra Special People summer camp for a week.

List of participating congregations:

Congregation Children of Israel
Ebenezer Baptist Church West
First AME Church
First Baptist Church
First Christian Church
First Presbyterian Church
Oconee Street United Methodist Church
Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship of Athens
United Way of NE Georgia

Two of our Benevolence Market agencies are in the news:

  • Books for Keeps’ founder, Melaney Smith, is up for an award as a 2015 nominee in L’Oréal’s Women of Worth awards. Winners are chosen by vote and you can vote for Melaney & Books for Keeps athttp://www.lorealparisusa.com/en/women-of-worth.aspx The winner receives $25000 for her agency/cause. You can vote daily, but only once a day.
  • Fenwick Broyard of Community Connection released a new website at the Homeless & Poverty Coalition Meeting, see blog and facebook pages on the Internet. He credits our Inquirers Sunday School class with the inspiration to do this!


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