Alternative Christmas Fair at Farmington Hills church benefits charities

Farmington native Anika Jane Beamer first came to the Hope Lutheran Church Alternative Christmas  Fair 18 years ago – five months before she was born.

This year, the charity she founded in 2012, Blessed Birthdays, will make its fourth appearance at the event.

Jon Aldred for Farmington Hills City Council
Annika Jane Beamer Blessed Birthdays
Through Blessed Birthdays, Annika Jane Beamer, right, brings birthday celebrations to kids who might not otherwise get one. (contributed photo)

“The Alternative Christmas Fair at Hope is special because it gives nonprofits a chance to make connections with generous shoppers who often become longtime supporters,” Beamer said in a press release. “It also gives us a valuable chance to explain who we are and what we are doing to make a difference in the community and world.”

On Saturday, November 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Christmas shoppers have another chance to buy gifts and services to support more than 40 charitable organizations gathered under one roof. Hope Lutheran Church will host charities that support:

  • Children: Days for Girls, Helping Hands Touching Hearts, Kids 4 Afghan Kids, and Project Linus;
  • Homeless: Song and Spirit, The Salvation Army, Motown Soups, and Cass Community Social Services;
  • International needs: Pal Craftaid, Servant Ministries, Team World Vision, Global Health Charities; and
  • Health and wholeness: American Cancer Society, Angela Hospice, Providence Park Cancer Center, and Dr. Paws Pet Therapy.

Shoppers purchase items for sale by the charity or make a donation to the charity in the recipient’s honor, and all proceeds go directly to the charity. During the past 17 years, Hope Lutheran’s Alternative Christmas Fair has raised more than $400,000 for well over 100 charities.

Hope Lutheran Church is located at 39200 W. 12 Mile Rd., just east of Haggerty in Farmington Hills. Admission is $1 for those over the age of 12.

To learn more, call 248-553-7170 or visit

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