The steeple of the Wellesley Village Church towers over downtown Wellesley as the sun rises.


Alternative Christmas Gift Fair

November 15, 2022

December 4th In-Person and Online through Christmas 2022

Once again, Wellesley Village Church is providing opportunities for church members to discover ways to help those in need in our immediate area. We are holding an in-person fair on Sunday December 4th after 10am Worship. Attending in person, will offer opportunities to talk with these groups about their organizations and volunteer options. There will be several ways to make your donations at the Fair, including cash, checks, Venmo, and via laptop.

If you cannot be at church in-person on Dec. 4th we are providing online donation option links below.

In your gift giving this year please consider gifts that improve lives. The Alternative Gift Fair offers Village Church families and friends an easy way to give Christmas gifts in the name of a loved one to those in need through 9 organizations with strong Village Church connections. We are also listing several other organizations who could not attend or are on the Service Ministry’s Small Grants list.

You can make donations directly to as many different organizations as you want anytime between December 4th and Christmas, using the links below. Please be sure to indicate “Wellesley Village Church Alternative Christmas” if there is a notation area on the donation page of the organization(s) you choose to support.

If you would like to print out an Alternative Christmas gift acknowledgement card to give to gift recipients please follow this link > (Some of these organizations also provide their own gift acknowledgement cards.)


Family Promise MetroWest

Family Promise MetroWest transforms the lives of homeless families with children by mobilizing a diverse community to provide shelter, education, and support. Village Church is a founding member and one of 19 host congregations. In 2020, Family Promise supported a record 50 families (147 individuals with 89 children). Soon we will begin construction to convert our Natick Day Center into a small family shelter. Click here to donate.

For His Children

For His Children ministers to homeless children, including those with special needs. It provides food, clothing, health care, education, therapy, and a loving home to newborns, toddlers, and older children until they can be reunited with their parents or placed into adoptive homes. Click here to donate

Friends of Fumbelo

Friends of Fumbelo provides education, medical care, and support to the children of Fumbelo, a village in Zambia, Africa. Your gift to Fumbelo through the Alternative Christmas Fair will provide our new schoolhouse with desks, chairs, and learning materials. Once a year Friends of Fumbelo members travel with medical, education, and bulk food supplies to enhance our programs. Click here to donate  

Heifer International

Heifer International is a global nonprofit organization working to eradicate poverty and hunger through sustainable, holistic community development. Heifer distributes animals along with agricultural training to families in need around the world as a means of providing self-sufficiency. Recipients agree to “pass on the gift” by sharing animal offspring, as well as the skills and knowledge of animal husbandry and agricultural training to other impoverished families. Click here to donate

Pathway to Possible

Pathway to Possible, formerly Newton Wellesley Weston Committee for Community Living, has served individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families since 1972. The Pathway to Possible offers a spectrum of local services to their families, and initiates programs to increase community awareness and receptivity regarding persons with disabilities. Click here to donate

Village Table

Village Table is a community food service program managed by members of Wellesley Village Church. Our mission is to create and distribute delicious, healthy, restaurant-quality meals for those in need, helping our neighbors during a time of great economic uncertainty. Click here to donate (please type “Village Table” in the memo field).

A Place to Turn

A Place to Turn provides emergency food and clothing to those in need in the MetroWest community.  Guests are served in an atmosphere of caring and respect. Click here to donate

Hoops and Homework

Hoops & Homework offers academic and enrichment services to youth living in the lowest income section of Framingham. Due to community needs during the pandemic, Hoops & Homework is also coordinating help for food insecurity. Click here to donate (please type “Hoops & Homework” in the memo field).

Chaplains on the Way

Chaplains on the Way goes out into the streets, shelters, and soup kitchens to bring a ministry of spiritual care and hope to homeless people in Waltham. Click here to donate  

Wellesley A Better Chance

WELLESLEY A Better Chance Since 1972 Wellesley ABC has opened doors to greater educational opportunities for academically talented and promising young women of color.  These scholars attend Wellesley High School and live in a family style home with tutoring, meals, medical and social/emotional support.  The program is overseen by resident directors and an army of volunteers.