By Dawn Trattner

HeiferlogoOn Wednesday, November 19, animals will take over First Presbyterian Church of Brandon. An alternative gift market will provide an opportunity to “purchase” Heifer animals like pigs, chickens, fish and goats or agricultural items such as bio-gas stoves, trees or clean water as alternatives to commercial holiday gifts.

The “animals” and items purchased, along with education and training provided, will help hungry families around the world through Heifer International. Sponsors receive special honor cards to designate their purchases. “Passing on the Gift” is fundamental to Heifer’s approach to sustainable development. Recipients share the offspring of their animals, knowledge, resources and skills with others to expand the network of hope and self-reliance that reaches around the globe. For more information about Heifer International, visit

This year, a unique alternative gift opportunity also represented will be through Family Promise of Greater Brandon. This program connects local homeless families with services to empower them to achieve lasting independence.

According to volunteer Dawn Trattner, “First Presbyterian Church of Brandon hopes to educate people how they might help to give hope and self-reliance to impoverished families around the world through Heifer International at  and Family Promise of Greater Brandon at”

First Presbyterian Fellowship Hall, located at 121 Carver Ave. in Brandon, will come alive from 6-8 p.m. Food will be available for small donation compliments of Chick-fil-A at Lake Brandon Village. The market is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 689-4597 or visit

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