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"Shop Once, Gift Twice" Non-Profit Holiday Fair Returns to Plymouth

Published: Thursday, December 1, 2011

By Marcia Morris (

PLYMOUTH - It was so popular and successful in its inaugural season last year that the "Shop Once Gift Twice" Non-Profit Holiday Fair is back by popular demand.

This year, the Fair will take place all day on Saturday, Dec. 10 at the United Methodist Church on Fairgrounds Road in Plymouth.

There are as many as 20 local non-profit and community organizations that are participating in the Fair this year. It is a great way for people from the entire Plymouth and Newfound Region to stop in, learn something about the great work that is being done by volunteers in the local community, and do a little holiday shopping to support those very dedicated people and many worthy causes. There will be food, fun festivities, and lot of great company.

For example, the good folks from Keeping You, Me and Memories Alive will sponsor a crafts table, and volunteers will be on hand to speak with anyone who wants to know more about their work supporting adults in the local area whose lives have been touched by cancer. There will also be literature available about KYMMA's important mission for anyone who does not yet know about their terrific community efforts to help cancer patients and their families in need. Stop by and say hello, and take a look at Diane's custom designed nightlight potpourri, Lyndsay's reindeer Christmas Tree ornaments, and Kathy's beautiful handmade holiday greeting cards.

The Women's Fellowship at Plymouth United Methodist Church is also doing a craft table with baked goods and new "re-gift" items!

Watch out for the homemade fudge! To go with it, the Plymouth State University Nicaragua Club will be serving up home brewed coffee (for a donation) in the hopes that it will entice customers to go over to their Club table and buy some fair trade coffee.

Young LAUNCH Program Entrepreneurs from Communities for Alcohol and Drug Free Youth (CADY) will be serving up their legendary "snowman soup" - if you don't already know, that's their own special mix hot chocolate - and will be offering a large variety of "stocking stuffer" items for sale.

Other participants sponsoring crafts, food and gifts table include the Starr King Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, The Mayhew Program, Pemi Baker Community Health, Pemi-Valley Habitat for Humanity, Ladders Gift Shop at the Bridge House, SERRV International and the Young Ladies Library Association of the Pease Public Library.

And that is just the tip of the iceberg! See you there!

Source: Record Enterprise, Page A3

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