Alternative Giving Season

Even as the Alternative Giving Fair is not a live, in-person event as it’s been in the past, we CAN STILL make a difference in the world by gifting loved ones with something more lasting than a new sweater, tie, game or even a book, this season. Consider planning your gift-giving around one or more of the options listed below through the end of December unless otherwise stated. In addition to making a donation or purchasing items through the online means identified below, you may also write a check to Incarnation, placing the ministry name in the memo and send it to the Incarnation office, 4880 Hodgson Road, Shoreview, MN 55126. For questions about any of these giving opportunities, contact Becky Benson.

Please note that in order to minimize physical contact and to do our best to keep all safe, no gifts for any ministry partners listed below should be dropped off at Incarnation. Details about sending gifts or dropping them off at the appropriate places are outlined below. Thanks for your understanding, support and generosity during this most unusual season. 

Download, print and personalize this gift card for the recipient(s) of your gifts.

ELCA Good Gifts

ELCA World Hunger is effective and efficient funding relief and development projects engaging in education and advocacy to help change the systems that perpetuate poverty both domestically and globally. Buy “Good Gifts” by selecting items from this catalog of items and make a financial donation according to the gift amount, by selecting “ELCA – Good Gifts” from the dropdown menu. Because ELCA World Hunger/Good Gifts is Incarnation’s giving appeal focus for Advent, watch for various buying suggestions made each Sunday throughout the season of Advent.

Feed My Starving Children

Feed My Starving Children is committed to feeding God’s starving children hungry in body and spirit. Children. Volunteers hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children and these meals are shipped to distribution partners around the world. Make a donation in support of the 2021 All Hands On Hope MobilePack™ Event, by selecting “Feed My Starving Children” from the dropdown menu. Each meal packed costs 24 cents to produce.

Also, consider purchasing items from FMSC’s MarketPlace. Proceeds from the purchase of MarketPlace items support artisans across the world and FMSC directly.

Global Health Ministries

Global Health Ministries, a non profit organization located in Fridley, addresses the medical needs of our Lutheran hospitals and clinics in 13 countries around the world with a focus on training and sending containers of medical supplies.  During this time of global pandemic, GHM has received matching funds to address the needs of COVID 19, which means we can double our impact of helping the hands that heal. Our international brothers and sisters need us. Make a donation in support of this work in any amount, by selecting “Global Health Ministries” from the dropdown menu. Any amount is welcome which will be used to help purchase materials locally to make masks in country; $200 will purchase 250 N95 masks for a mission hospital overseas.

Holy Hammers/Habitat for Humanity

Holy Hammers is an ecumenical partnership of 15 area churches that works through Habitat for Humanity to provide decent, affordable housing for all people. The majority of the homes purchased through Habitat are by families of color, which is significant since home ownership is one of best ways for a family to become financially stable. Make a financial donation to help purchase building materials needed for the Habitat house to be built by the Holy Hammers in 2021, by selecting “Habitat for Humanity” from the dropdown menu. Another way to support Habitat for Humanity is to donate tools, building materials or appliances directly to the Habitat ReStore at 510 West County Road D in New Brighton. Physical donations cannot be accepted by Incarnation.


LifeHaven, a Twin Cities Metro Youth Homelessness Program of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, provides housing and support to young single women ages 16 and 17, who are pregnant or parenting, and is located on the east side of St. Paul. Purchase items from either the Present Registry for the LifeHaven Holiday Gift Drive and/or the Gift Card Registry for the LifeHaven Holiday Gift Drive; all gifts need to be purchased by December 10 to allow for ample shipment time before the LifeHaven Holiday Party. Both of these registries detail wish list items requested by the families and community of LifeHaven. Gifts purchased from the present registry will be shipped to the home of Incarnation member, Vicki Engelen, and gift cards will be shipped to the home of LSS Director of Metro Homeless Youth Services, Jen Fairbourne. No gifts for the LifeHaven Holiday Gift Drive should be dropped off at Incarnation. Make a financial donation in support of  the work of LifeHaven by selecting “LifeHaven” from the dropdown menu.


Lyngblomsten is a Christian nonprofit organization serving older adults and families through healthcare, housing, and community-based services in the metro area. Bless the residents of Lyngblomsten with either of these gift options:

  • Spirit of Giving: This program raises funds to purchase a Christmas gift for each of the 225 care center residents and 165 apartment tenants. A beautiful tradition of generosity from Lyngblomsten’s member congregations, you can bring Christmas joy to older adults. Make your donation by December 2. [Suggested amounts: $10, $15, $25]
  • Lights of Lyngblomsten: This annual appeal raises funds for Lyngblomsten’s greatest needs. This may include tech items for connecting residents with loved ones, arts and lifelong learning opportunities, and programming for those living at home with memory loss and support for their caregivers. Make your donation by December 31. [Suggested amounts: $100, $250, $500]

To contribute by check: Make checks payable to Lyngblomsten Foundation, indicating “Spirit of Giving” or “Lights of Lyngblomsten” in the memo and send to Lyngblomsten Foundation, ATTN: Patricia Montgomery, 1415 Almond Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108.

To contribute online, choose “Spirit of Giving” or “Lights of Lyngblomsten” from the dropdown menu.

Ralph Reeder Food Shelf

Ralph Reeder Food Shelf distributes food and household supplies to people in need in the Mounds View Public School District attendance area and connects them to other resources as they work towards stabilization. Make a financial donation this holiday season to help purchase food and household supplies, by selecting “Ralph Reeder Food Shelf” from the dropdown menu. If you’d rather purchase specific items, select something from this wish list which will be sent directly to the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf. For every dollar received the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf can purchase up to $10 worth of food. No food or household donations should be dropped off at Incarnation.

Solid Ground

Solid Ground, located in White Bear Lake, provides stable housing and extensive support services for families to break the cycle of poverty through goal planning, budget & tenant training, dialectical behavior training skills, parenting classes, community resource education and more. Two giving options which you purchase through Amazon or your favorite retailer:

  • Welcome Baskets: Help a family settle into their new Solid Ground home by purchasing Welcome Basket items – laundry basket, mop, plunger, paper towels, toilet paper, dish scrubbing pads, pot holders, oven mitts, kitchen towels, bathroom waste baskets. Welcome Basket items may be delivered through the end of December.
  • New Christmas Trees: Help a family celebrate the holidays with a new 4 – 6 ft pre-lit Christmas tree. Christmas trees need to be delivered by Dec 15.

If you order items online through the above Amazon link, please have them delivered directly to Solid Ground, East Metro Place at 3521 Century Avenue N, White Bear Lake, MN 55110-5689. If you purchase items from a retailer outside of the Amazon or an online retailer, please drop off items at Solid Ground M, W, F mornings from 8am to noon or T, Th from 12:30pm-4:30pm, and not Incarnation. For those who would like assistance bringing items to Solid Ground, contact Mary Moen, Claire Gilbert or Connie Aram. No Welcome Basket items or Christmas Trees for Solid Ground should be dropped off at Incarnation.

Financial donations made for Solid Ground will be used to meet greatest needs. Make a financial donation in support of the work of Solid Ground by selecting “Solid Ground” from the dropdown menu.

Tanzania Education Support

Incarnation’s partnerships with Mkwawa Lutheran Church, Kigamboni Lutheran Church, and the Iringa Diocese, are based in three shared practices: prayer, presence and projects. Make a financial donation to support student sponsorships within our partner congregations or other Tanzania education initiatives, by selecting “Tanzania” from the dropdown menu. $400 will support a secondary student for a year including school fees, uniforms, books and boarding.