December 14–17, DeVargas Mall, Santa FeFriday 14th from 5:00-7:00 PM, Saturday 15th from 9:00 AM–8:00 PM, Sunday 16th from 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
|Shoppers interested in gift-giving that benefits those in need are invited to attend the third annual Santa Fe Alternative Gift Market, beginning with a grand opening celebration Friday, December 14th, from 5:00-7:00 PM, with a ribbon cutting by Mayor David Coss and Honorary Chair Ali McGraw.|
The event is open all the weekend of the 15th and 16th during mall hours at the DeVargas Mall in Santa Fe: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM on Saturday and 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM on Sunday. Visitors to the market will be able to enjoy light refreshments including hot cider and holiday-baked goods while considering their donations.
Last year, over $3,000 was raised for the Santa Fe Public Library to be able to purchase children’s books, summer reading programs, and teen programs.
Participants can select tax-deductible gifts that provide urgently needed assistance to local and international organizations providing medical help, shelter and food, working to reduce illiteracy, and assisting homeless veterans, among other programs. Gift givers can choose from more than 60 different items. The choice is enormous — gifts range from providing visits to dentists for Santa Fe children through La Familia Medical Center to legal representation for a girl rescued from sexual slavery in Asia; from sending a bicycle to rural health workers in Zambia to buying a children’s book for Santa Fe’s Public Library; and, paying for one night’s stay in Santa Fe’s Interfaith Shelter.
Alternative Gifts International is a non-profit organization that inspires support for humanitarian and environmental causes. It offers donors the option to designate charitable gifts through carefully selected agencies in the name of their relatives, friends and associates. Six local non-profits also benefit from this weekend program.