Chances 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.”