The gift of giv­ing

Pasatiempo - - Mixed Media - — Loren Bienvenu

The Santa Fe Al­ter­na­tive Gift Mar­ket makes find­ing the per­fect gift easy. In­stead of of­fer­ing tra­di­tional ser­vices and goods, the mar­ket al­lows one to give a char­i­ta­ble gift on some­one else’s be­half. Vis­i­tors can browse the of­fer­ings of a wide ar­ray of non­prof­its and choose to make tax-de­ductible do­na­tions for what­ever spe­cific ser­vices speak to them most — from cov­er­ing the costs of a night’s stay at the In­ter­faith Com­mu­nity Shel­ter to pro­vid­ing a health­care worker in Zam­bia with a bi­cy­cle. Ev­ery do­na­tion is then spec­i­fied in a hol­i­day card that the pur­chaser can send to the per­son in whose name the gift has been made.

The Santa Fe Al­ter­na­tive Gift Mar­ket has raised more than $100,000 in its first four years and hopes to con­tinue im­prov­ing on that tra­jec­tory in year num­ber five. This year the non­profit in­tro­duces two new par­tic­i­pat­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions: Lit­er­acy Vol­un­teers of Santa Fe — a free English-lan­guage tu­tor­ing ser­vice that helps adults learn to speak, read, and write — and Many Moth­ers, a free, in-home child-care ser­vice ded­i­cated to help­ing new moth­ers. Other groups rep­re­sented in­clude La Fa­milia Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Esper­anza Shel­ter for Bat­tered Fam­i­lies, and New Mex­ico Vet­er­ans Help­ing Home­less Vet­er­ans.

The mar­ket is held at DeVar­gas Cen­ter (564 N. Guadalupe St.) from 3 to 7 p.m. on Fri­day, Dec. 19 (there’s a grand open­ing at 5:30 with Mayor Javier Gonzales); from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Satur­day, Dec. 20, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sun­day, Dec. 21. Ad­mis­sion is free, and the of­fer­ings are plen­ti­ful. Call 505-983-4671 for in­for­ma­tion.

Young women from Tan­za­nia hold­ing Safe Moth­er­hood Kits that pro­vide ster­ile birthing sup­plies to some of the poor­est pop­u­la­tions of the world — one of the causes sup­ported by the Santa Fe Al­ter­na­tive Gift Mar­ket

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