Alternative (Gift) Christmas Cards
(available annually October-December)
Write your own cards or let your friends at SoSA handwrite them for you.
Click the “Order Blank Cards” button above to order your cards online. We’ll ship the cards to you so you can sign them and send them out.
Click the “Let SoSA Write Your Cards” button above to order your cards and provide your list of recipients, along with any personal messages. We will handwrite and mail your cards to your loved ones for you.
Honor Your Family and Friends While Sharing Good Food with Families in Need
While you and your family celebrate the joyous Christmas season, many Americans will experience the reality of hunger and poverty. America is one of the wealthiest nations on earth, but still more than 40 million of its citizens suffer in poverty.
With this Christmas Card, you can give those families in need a little bit of hope and good food! You can also honor your loved ones when you make your donation to SoSA.
Every $15.00 donation you give will send an Alternative Christmas Card to one recipient and share 500 servings of nourishing food with neighbors in need. It’s a sincere and loving way to share good food with families in great need and to honor the special people in your life. When you do, each person you honor will receive an exclusive Alternative Christmas Card announcing your generous gift in their name.
Our Alternative Christmas Card was designed exclusively for, and donated to, the Society of St. Andrew by Virginia artist James Harris. The full-color, 5×7″ card features original art on the front; announces your generous gift to feed the hungry in the name of your chosen honoree(s); and sends you an identical card that includes SoSA’s gratitude and a confirmation of the number of people you honored.
Jim Harris, an artist and pastor from Staunton, Virginia, shares his faith-filled talent with the Society of St. Andrew, through a series of paintings that began being featured on SoSA’s Alternative Christmas Cards, beginning in 2018.
Jim combines a love for biblical narrative, for color, texture, and mystery into his work, delighting the eye and nourishing the soul. More of Jim’s work can be seen at: https://jim-harris.pixels.com.
The Artist’s Inspiration
“This is not meant to be ‘The Three Wise Women’, though they are wise. More importantly, they are caring. As I imagine it, the news of a baby being born in a stable quickly spread throughout the small village of Bethlehem, and along with it came gossip, speculation, and suspicion.
These three women saw a need and decided to fill it. Because of their life experiences and familiarity with being poor or distrusted they wanted to help this young family. One brought a jar of fresh water, having no idea that baby Jesus would grow to give others “living water”.
Another brought fresh baked bread and clean strips of cloth for swaddling the baby who would one day say, “I am the bread of life”. And the third one brought a basket of fruit especially overflowing with grapes for the one who would come to say, ‘I am the vine…’ They could not know that thirty years later Jesus would kneel and wash his disciples’ feet with water, then share in the Passover meal using the bread and the wine as reminders of his sacrifice that was to take place on the cross. They only knew there was a need and they wanted to fill it.
This is why we give to the Society of St. Andrew. There is a need, and we can help. When we truly care about the needs of others, we naturally share what we can to help them, no matter who they are or why they are needy.
I am extremely grateful to the Society of St. Andrew for allowing me to give my art to this great cause. Bless you for caring about the hungry and for sharing this card with others so they too can care and share. Merry Christmas!” -Artist, Jim Harris
No other gift can do so much, for so many, with so little.
Click the button at the top of this page to go to the order form. We’ll send you the cards and envelopes to personalize and mail or if you prefer, we will send them on your behalf in time for Christmas.
As we fulfill God’s command to share His love and peace and feed the hungry, may you experience the joy of sharing His abundance with those in need and be blessed with God’s peace.
For your convenience, you can use your VISA, MasterCard, or American Express on our secure website.
The minimum gift donation for EACH card is $15
All gifts are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
Please note that the deadline to order is always the first Friday in December (December 3, 2021).
(This allows enough time to write and mail your cards during a busy time of year for postal deliveries.)