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Alternative Christmas Market Attracts Charitable Shoppers

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Tom Flanigan
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This is the season for giving and some Tallahassee shoppers were giving to charity on behalf of friends and family members over the weekend. The Alternative Christmas Market at the John Wesley United Methodist Church featured three dozen charities to choose from.

Karen Wensing was telling shoppers how the Capital City's St. Thomas Moore parish was helping St. Elizabeth's, its sister congregation in Haiti whose church was destroyed by Hurricane Matthew last year.

"We've been able to, with the support of our parish and events like the Alternative Christmas Market, send them enough money to start their reconstruction," she said.

Meanwhile The Kiwanis Club's Bob Henderson was seeking help with a worldwide effort to eradicate tetanus.

"We started off with this project about 7 years ago with 52 countries where it was still a scourge," he explained. "We're now down to 14 and we're heading towards the end and we hope to eliminate it totally within the next year."

Each donation brought a card that is given to the person on whose behalf the contribution was made.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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