Every year the Outreach Committee of St. Barnabas sponsors an Alternative Market. This is a 'market' where different neighborhood non-profit agencies set up tables to represent their missions, and provide price lists of items they need to help their members and clients. Parishioners who want to give Christmas gifts to others are then given the opportunity to 'purchase' items, by way of a donation to the organization.
The organization then gives the donor a card, who then can give it away as a gift to a loved one - a donation to worthy local non-profit organizations.
Example of Card to purchaser:
A donation of $15.00 for baby formula was given to the Gathering Place in your name, through the St. Barnabas Alternative Market