For the past nine years, Hope Lutheran Church in Farmington Hills, Michigan has helped raise much needed funds for local, national and international non-profit groups and social service agencies by hosting an Alternative Christmas Fair at the start of the holiday season. This year the fair will be moving to St Fabian Catholic Church to allow for even more nonprofit organizations to gather under one roof for one day but continuing under the leadership of Hope. Each charity invited offers unique gifts for sale or opportunities to donate specific items and they are able to keep 100% of the proceeds. A $1 admission will be charged at the door and there will be lunch items and homemade cookies for sale to raise just enough money to pay administrative costs such as advertisement and table rental expenses. The Hope Alternative Christmas Fair can boast of raising over $173, 000 for dozens and dozens of non-profit organizations to date. If you are unfamiliar with the Alternative Christmas Fair concept, it is a fun way to bypass the annual stress of holiday shopping and stop the accumulation of stuff while honoring friends, relatives, teachers, or others, with donations to causes that fit their values. What's more, Alternative Christmas Fairs provide critical support for a diverse collection of non-profit organizations with established track records of helping people and the environment the world over.