Millions of people around the world and in our own community face daily struggles to obtain food, shelter, medical care, and basic education. This Christmas you can make a positive difference in their lives. Just choose to make a donation to any of the ministries offered through the Sardis Alternative Gift Market and your gift will change the lives of children and families right here in Charlotte as well as in Haiti.
Why Alternative Giving?
- As followers of Jesus Christ, we are encouraged to help our neighbors who are in need.
- Your donation to the Alternative Gift Market makes an impact on many lives, including children and families locally an in Haiti.
- For each donation, you will receive a lovely acknowledgement card to give to the friend or loved one you honored with your gift. Please request your cards by December 15.
- Alternative giving is made easy at Sardis – one order form, several non-profit choices, and an online shopping option. What a wonderful way to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus!
How do you Order?
You can download our 2021 catalog to learn more about the non-profits we are supporting this year. You can also download the order form to print, fill out, and send in with payment. If you would like to make your gifts online, please see the links for each non-profit below. Please indicate how many acknowledgement cards you need on the memo line of the online form.
Allegro Foundation: Make a Donation Here
Your gift can help to improve the lives of children with intellectual disabilities, Down syndrome, orthopedic challenges (wheelchairs and walkers), spina bifida, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, visual and hearing impairments, muscular dystrophy, children “at-risk”, and children with cancer by providing free programs that combine movement instruction with educational and medical expertise, creating new techniques to teach children with disabilities. When Sardis embraced Allegro’s mission with open arms in 2000, Allegro had only 8 students with disabilities in the program, which met weekly in the Fellowship Hall. Since 2000, that single program has blossomed into 54 programs serving more than 800 children with disabilities in Charlotte and surrounding communities.
Make a Donation to Allegro Foundation
Blessings for Bayonnais, Haiti: Make a Donation to the School Fund Here | Medical Clinic Here
Your gift can help to improve the lives of our friends in the mountainous region of Bayonnais, Haiti, through the new coordinating group, Friends Empowering Haiti (formerly OFCB), which provides education, medical care and nutritious food to children and families. The poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti is located east of the island of Cuba in the West Indies.
Gifts to the School Fund provide educational support for nearly 2,500 students who attend the school every day. This fund also provides a daily meal—often the only meal of the day for many of the children. The school also serves as a safe haven for children in crisis.
Gifts to the Medical Clinic provide care and support for over 2,600 patients every year. The clinic serves as one of the few within the region, where people travel near and far across the island of Haiti seeking treatments and medications.
Make a Donation to the School Fund | Make a Donation to the Medical Clinic
Care Ring: Make a Donation Here
Your gift to Care Ring will support the growth of its Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program for low-income, first-time mothers and their babies in Mecklenburg County. Through regular visits by a Registered Nurse from the NFP, the mothers are able to improve their pregnancy outcomes, learn essential parenting skills, and gain the ability to achieve self-sufficiency until their child is two years old.
Make a Donation to Care Ring
Families Forward Charlotte: Make a Donation Here
Your gift will help families in our community as they navigate the challenges of poverty; striving to achieve their financial, educational, employment, and family goals. Families Forward Charlotte provides individualized mentoring, educational opportunities, and essential support as the mentor walks alongside each family on their journey toward long-term stability and economic mobility.
Make a Donation to Families Forward Charlotte
Loaves & Fishes: Make a Donation Here
Your gift can help hungry children and families in our community. Loaves and Fishes, through a network of 41 emergency food pantries, provides nutritionally-balanced groceries to individuals and families across Mecklenburg County who are experiencing a short-term crisis. Of the over 80,000 people who were helped by Loaves and Fishes last year, 36% of them were children.
Make a Donation to Loaves & Fishes
Rama Road Elementary Backpack Program: Make a Donation Here
Your gift will support the Backpack Program through Planting Seeds of Hope, our partnership with Rama Road Elementary School. This program provides a backpack filled by Second Harvest Foodbank with nutritious, ready to-eat or easy-to-prepare foods on weekends and holidays for children at the school who are at risk of hunger. Often, this is their only source of food for the week.
Make a Donation to the Rama Road Elementary Backpack Program