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Alternative Christmas Gift Ideas: Give A Gift That Will Make A Real Difference

Dec 14, 2015 12:08PM ● By Bill Gilman
(Editor's Note: Alternative Christmas Gift Ideas Published by the Tewksbury Congregational Church Missions Committee.)

Are you in search of a unique gift idea for the person on your list who seems to have everything? Take a look at our list of Alternative Christmas Gifts benefitting local organizations that serve neighbors in need.

  • Tewksbury Community Pantry www.tewksburypantry.org Donate individually packaged school snacks to children who are served by the Food Pantry. Some examples include: pretzels, fruit snacks, crackers, and juice boxes.
  • Solomon Mental Health 978-322-5000 This residential psychiatric facility for children ages 5-18 near Lowell General Hospital is always in need of new underwear, t-shirts, sweatpants (no strings) and socks.
  • Community Giving Tree www.communitygivingtree.org Check out CGT’s Amazon Wish List (link found on their website) and have items like diapers, soap, socks and underwear delivered directly to their door in Boxford.
  • MSPCA at Nevins Farm www.mspca.org Provide gift cards to WalMart, Staples, Dodge Grain, Dover Saddlery, Home Depot and local supermarkets so that Nevins can purchase animal, office and cleaning supplies.
  • Neighbors in Need www.neighborsinneed.net Deliver food donations to their Andover warehouse which will then be shared with clients in the Greater Lawrence area. Ideas include: pasta, tuna, soup and beans.
  • Veterans Northeast Outreach Center www.northeastveterans.org Do something special (baking, Christmas caroling, performing, giving) for one of the many residential units managed by VNOC in Bedford, Haverhill, or North Andover.
  • Tewksbury Habitat Build www.tewksburyhabitatbuild.org Donate in celebration or memory of a special relative or friend, and a custom card will be printed and mailed to your intended recipient. Home For The Holidays, indeed!
  • Place of Promise www.placeofpromise.org Give the gift of a happy summer by sponsoring a local child’s participation in the Kids of Promise Summer Camp for elementary and middle school-age children in Lowell.
  • Tewksbury Council on Aging www.tewksbury-ma.gov Donate items or funds to support the Elder Brown Bag Program, a supplemental food assistance program provided to senior adults or disabled adults living in Tewksbury.
  • Heifer International www.heifer.org Provide the gift of an income-sustaining animal (goat, chicken, cow, llama, pig, etc…) to a family who will then provide that animal’s offspring to yet another family.
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