“The Alternative Gift Market is a wonderful tradition on our campus,” said Campus Pastor Noni Strand. “Students learn about the needs of people around the world and can contribute their efforts to strengthen communities to be more self-sustaining. At the same time, we offer an alternative way to give during the holidays: investments in these communities, rather than just more stuff.”
The ornaments are handmade by Bethany’s freshmen seminar classes. The students select an organization to support, learn about the cause, and host a booth at the market. A bazaar of handcrafted items, home-baked goods, artisan breads, jewelry, and knitted items is also available at the market, with proceeds going to Alternative Gifts International.
The market also carries a featured artisan ornament. This year, On the Pot of Salina has donated ceramic ornaments painted by artist Julie Cates that were exclusively designed for Bethany’s market. She and her sister, Robin, were inspired by the Alternative Gift Market message of sharing peace and love in the world.
“The world’s issues may seem overwhelming so people don’t know where to start helping. This is a great way to do something to make a difference,” says Cates. “It’s neat to use our artwork and talents for this kind of project.”
The global mission of Alternative Gifts International is to send authentic, life-giving gifts to a needy world – gifts that build a partnership with people in crisis and that protect and preserve the earth’s endangered environment – to nourish and sustain a more equitable and peaceful global community. For more information, visit www.alternativegifts.org.
The paint-your-own pottery studio On the Pot was opened in 2002 in downtown Salina, Kansas, by sisters Julie and Robin Cates. With tools, techniques, and classes, everyone from experienced painters to beginners can “get their creative on” at On the Pot. Learn more at www.paintourpot.com.