Alternative Christmas Gift Event

What is AlterNativity about? .....doing Christmas shopping differently

‘Life Gifts’ for your friends and family to help the poorest and neediest people at home and abroad

This year's event will be held on

Saturday 11th November 2023


Mary Forryan Centre, St Peter's Church, Leicester Road, Hinckley LE10 1LW.


AlterNativity is an annual event held on a Saturday in November with the aim of promoting a different view of Christmas giving. It ‘aids’ those in need or difficulty at Christmas by offering ‘living gifts’ for you to give your family and friends as an alternative Christmas gift to help the poor, hungry, sick and homeless. National and local charities have a stand at the event and tell you about the gifts they are offering and who they will help. Local and international charities that have proved popular in past years have been invited to partake again and we are currently waiting for the full set of responses. In most cases the gifts you chose will make a real difference in the lives of the beneficiaries – and hopefully bring a smile to the faces of all those involved in this ‘giving triangle’
The plight of the thousands of refugees worldwide having had to run away from violence and cruelty in their own countries is still a regular feature on our news bulletins and is not going to go away. Their fate in the long term has yet to be decided and will clearly ask a lot of all governments and peoples, but in the meantime there are more pressing needs – food and survival kits. Usually we have one or two international charities providing these items, which can be supported at AlterNativity.

Among previous these gifts have been:
Medical supplies and surgical treatments, and antibiotics for vulnerable children.
Nursing and respite care.
Emergency survival kit for refugees.
Boarding at school for slum children.
Items to provide a continual supply of food for families and children.
Tools & Equipment



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