St Paul Presbyterian Church in Johnston is hosting the eighth annual Johnston Alternative Gift Market online this year and will be open through the Holiday Season! This unique shopping experience offers shoppers the ability to purchase a “gift” that directly benefits a local or international organization, in honor of relatives and friends. In total, sixteen local non-profits will be offering holiday alternative gifts. Gifts from 30 international non-profits will also be available. Last year over $7,000.00 worth of life-changing gifts were given!

Shoppers can purchase polio vaccines for children, veterinarian care for animals, meals for the homeless, school supplies for local children and many other options. Loved ones who are honored can receive an attractive holiday card and an insert explaining how their gift helped someone in need.

“During the Christmas season, we all get so much stuff…who needs another sweater?” said Bill O’Connell, pastor at St. Paul. “This is a chance to give a gift to someone who truly needs it.”

Visit and shop online. 100% of proceeds will go directly to the organization.

We are excited to partner with the following organizations participating in the Alternative Gift Market: Alternative Gifts International, Animal Rescue League, Central Iowa Shelter Services, ChildServe, Count The Kicks, CROSS Outreach, Ellipsis, Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity, Hope Ministries, Genesis Youth Foundation, Johnston Partnership, Many Hands For Haiti, Ronald McDonald House, Rotary Club of Johnston, Self-Help International, Nature Bags, and Veterans in Agriculture.

Honor those who have enough by giving to those who have too little. Add the Alternative Gift Market to your shopping list!