Alternative Gift Market Features Nonprofits

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A sampling of gifts available at the marketChances are that “1,000 servings of fresh produce” and “annual preventive health care for a child” are not on the typical holiday shopper’s list. But at Duke Divinity School’s 23rd Annual Alternative Gift Market today, you can find gifts that help feed the hungry, heal the sick, and shelter the homeless.

The annual event, organized by the Office of Student Life, highlights non-profit organizations including One World Market, Society of St. Andrew, Family Health Ministries, Episcopal Relief & Development, and Las Mujeres Del Triunfo.

On sale are gifts ranging from handwoven scarves whose purchase will support women’s artisan groups to gift cards you can buy in honor of a loved one that help provide healthcare and education for women and children in Haiti.

“So many people already have ‘stuff.’ This is an opportunity to give something in honor of a friend or family member to support people living in poverty,” said Donna Banks, director of Student Life. “It’s an opportunity to reach out to a broader global community.”