WICHITA - The Wichita Alternative Gift Market brings three dozen local, national, and global charities under one roof for one day, the second Saturday of each November. It will be hosted at a new location the next two years: University Congregational Church, 9209 E. 29th St. N.
This year’s market is Nov. 11 from 10am-4pm. Just like traditional gifts, alternative gifts express love and affection, and celebrate occasions. Unlike traditional gifts, an Alternative Gift purchased at the market does not contribute to the consumer stream and will not be re-gifted.
Attendees can purchase tax-deductible gifts to honor family and friends, then present them with a beautiful greeting card including a gift insert describing the project supported. Shoppers who select alternative gifts can also select complimentary ornaments representing the sponsored causes—a unique feature of the Wichita market.
The Wichita Alternative Gift Market is not just an event; it is a community of people who care. It is not just a shopping day; it is an opportunity to help transform the world. It is not religious, nor political, nor commercial; it is an uplifting alternative to the holiday frenzy.
The 2017 market will raise funds for these local nonprofits, among others:
West High School OWLS (Outdoor Wildlife Learning Site)
Wichita Family Crisis Center
and for these global causes, among others:
Eco Homes for Tribal Families (USA: South Dakota)
Traveling Dental Clinics for the Underserved (USA)
Hope for Former Girl Child Soldiers (Colombia)
Urban Mobile Libraries (Ethiopia)
Rescue Children from Sex Trafficking (Dom. Republic, India, Philippines)
Shoppers can also purchase fair-trade crafts as well as light breakfast and lunch items. Those seeking traditional gifts will find global artisan crafts presented by Fair Trade Fans of Newton/Wichita (Ten Thousand Villages) as well as Trades of Hope.
Also available: 2018 wall calendars supporting the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Kansas; clay servingware by Legacy Potteryworks; fiber arts by Tissu Sewing Studio; and fair-trade chocolates, coffees and teas from Equal Exchange.
In 2016, the 22nd market raised $29,700. Of that, more than $4,000 was disbursed to six local nonprofits.
Multiple Wichita food assistance programs and shelters have also received funding. Since 1994, more than $50,000 has been granted to recipients such as Inter-Faith Ministries, Kansas Food Bank, and Wichita Children’s Home. Wichita hosts one of the largest markets in the nation.
More information at www.altgifts.org or alternative-giftmarketwichita.wordpress.com. l