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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Alternative Giving Season

I want to thank folks all over the Tri-Cities who purchased gifts through our Ten Thousand Villages Sale. $5,700 (I think that is a record) was raised for two-thirds world artisans. Christmas shopping you can feel good about!

We kicked off Alternative Giving Season today. Rather than contribute to the consumerist nightmare, folks are invited to honor friends and family by giving a gift in their name to a cause that honors Earth, sustainability, and social justice.

Our Alternative Giving page has a list of the causes we are encouraging folks to support this year and how to do it!

Alternative giving is a form of gift-giving that has a symbolic value to the recipient and benefits a meaningful cause at the same time. Alternative gifts are a creative way to honor your friends and family with eco-friendly, ethically-sourced gifts while making a difference in lives, promoting peace and justice and helping to heal our earth.
By the way, check out Southern Beale's commentary about Alternative Giving!

5 comments:

  1. Dag nab it, we missed the 10,000 Villages sale. We'll try to make the one next year, I promise.

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  2. Awesome! So glad to see the church getting behind this. If you *must* give a gift, I hope people will shop at a place like Ten Thousand Villages, the fair trade retailer.

    And thanks for the link!

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  3. Sorry again, another slip of the fingers.

    Just finished an article for student paper at the University of Toronto on just this very subject (link not yet ready as it won't be published until Thursday). 10,000 Villages was featured. Another suggestion that I used successfully in my family was habitat preservation (World Wildlife Federation but there are other alternatives.) Carbon offsets are another idea.

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  4. This is such a great movement. Thanks for promoting it and doing it.

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