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Alternative Christmas Market Offers Caring Gifts

Alternative Christmas Market

A gift on behalf of a loved one to a favorite non-profit is always the right size and color. That's the concept behind this past weekend's Alternative Christmas Market, Dec. 7 and 8.

Among the dozens of area non-profits to choose from was Lutheran Social Services of North Florida. Board Member Beth McBride was explaining one of the group's projects.

“We buy the car seats at $125 and sell them at $25,” she said. “That’s not a winning business model, but it works for us. Did you know you cannot take your child home from the hospital without a car seat?”

For donors looking to make a third-world impact, Heifer International's Jessica Truweiler was eager to tell what her organization’s money would be used for.

“If a family gets a goat, they can then get nutrition from the goat, but also a little bit of money. And then once the goat reproduces, they share it with more parts of their village so it can really uplift a whole community.”

Donors then received a card, telling the recipient what worthy cause had been given support in their name.

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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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