Bethany freshmen and Lindsborg raise money for global charities at the Alternative Gift Market

Alternative Gift MarketBethany College’s 12th Annual Alternative Gift Market ended on November 16. The market ran for a week and through partnership with local businesses, over $2,000 was raised to help communities around the world be more sustainable.

Amy Kay Pavlovich, owner of Connected enjoyed hosting this year’s market. “I appreciate the work of Alternative Gifts International and it is a good fit with the Fair Trade store. It was really fun for me to get to be around students in this setting.”

The market offered shares of charitable projects through Alternative Gifts International, an interfaith agency that raises funds for global gifts through nationwide gift markets and individual donors. Students volunteered time to tell shoppers about numerous charitable projects they could financially support. In return, the shoppers received an ornament as a token of appreciation. Instead of a traditional present, they can give the ornament to let the recipient know a charitable donation has been made in their name.

In addition to support communities around the world, the market was successful in supporting the Bethany College and Lindsborg communities. “We hope that the partnership forged some new connections between business and Bethany students, faculty, and staff,” said Campus Pastor Noni Strand.  “We hope the publicity helps support local business as well.”

The Lindsborg partners and their projects are as follows.

  • Children’s Center – Giving desks and chairs for rural students in China
  • Connected Fair Trade – Providing warmth and comfort to the sick in North Korea
  • Family Hair Studio – Helping rebuild futures in Zimbabwe
  • Hairymolairys – Providing safe homes for orphans in Mexico
  • Lindsborg Community Library – Empowering students for the future in Kenya
  • Lindsborg Realty – Saving lives with bicycles in Namibia, Kenya, and Zambia
  • Small World Gallery – Supporting family vegetable gardens around the world
  • Swedish Country Inn – Giving stability for farming families in Ethiopia
  • The Bouquet Shoppe – Funding rabbits, bees, and trees, in Haiti
  • The Good Merchant – Teaching Untouchables a trade in India
  • The White Peacock – Funding fresh water wells for villages in South Sudan
  • Turner Photography – Funding “Hugging Grannies” for orphans in China

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