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‘Alternative Gift Market’ to Return to Reston Church This Weekend

by Ryan Moore November 28, 2016 at 12:00 pm 2 Comments

Alternative Gift Market (Image via Unitarian Universalist Church)Reston residents are set to have the chance to do some Christmas shopping and help people in need this weekend.

The 16th annual “Alternative Gift Market” is slated to return to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Reston (1625 Wiehle Ave.) Saturday from 10 a.m to 3 p.m.

During the market, shoppers can make donations to 30 local and international nonprofit organizations on behalf of loved ones. Cornerstones, Giving Circle of Hope and Kids R First are among the groups that are participating.

The donations, which come with holiday cards, include $10 for meals at Reston’s Embry Rucker Homeless Shelter, $15 for school supplies for Northern Virginia students and $55 for a water well pump in South Sudan.

Visitor to the market also can buy fair trade, handmade presents from Amani ya Juu, an African sewing and training program for women.

Image via Unitarian Universalist Church

  • Annie

    I love this annual charity event. It’s a great way to “pay it forward” and the charities don’t get my personal information, so zero contact from them asking for more donations!

  • LaureenMT

    This is such a great event! My kids’ teachers love it when I buy a school backpack for a child in Mexico ($15) or send a girl to school for a month in Kenya ($34) in their name, and my sister appreciates knowing I paid for a family to spend a night in a domestic violence shelter ($50) as a gift. More meaningful than a mug or sweater.


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