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Alternative Christmas Mkt

The Alternative Christmas Market (ACM) is hosted by Kirkwood together with a few other Bradenton churches. Initiated in 1996, the Market is held the first Saturday in December and will celebrate the 20th Annual Market on December 5, 2015.

Click Here to read Chris Hawes 2010 Herald Tribune Article "Charity a gift that gives twice" about the Alternative Christmas Market

Each year, several non-profit groups are invited to participate and to provide Christmas giving opportunities, which also support their work. This special concept of giving is a response to the commercialization of Christmas. A gift through the ACM will not only honor a family member or friend, but will also assist the selected non-profit group financially. Many of the non-profit organizations in the community as well as mission projects such as Heifer International are included in this event. Many of the participating organizations provide tangible gifts in exchange for donations. The non-profit Market booth providers benefit not only from all monetary donations designated for their organization, but also get the opportunities to increase public awareness of their mission work and recruit new volunteers. Since the inception of our Alternative Christmas Market, we have raised over $135,000 for the participating organizations. Your ACM Coordinator is Carolyn Roskamp. Please contact her at for further information.

The ACM 2015 Participating Organizations

  • Beth-El Farmworkers Ministry
  • Bible Mission USA
  • Cedarkirk Camp & Conference Center
  • Family Partnership Center
  • Feeding Empty Little Tummies
  • Foundation for Dreams
  • Manatee County Habitat for Humanity
  • Hearts Afire
  • Heifer International
  • HOPE Family Services
  • Hope Seeds
  • Humane Society
  • J-316 Ministries
  • Manasota Operation Troop Support
  • My Choice Pregnancy Center
  • MedSend
  • Selah Freedom
  • Thornwell Home for Children
  • Tidewell Hospice
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