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Alternative market aims to offer meaningful gifts this holiday season

Published On: Nov 09 2013 01:16:12 PM MST

A group of folks in Belgrade is trying to make a difference in the world, one gift at a time.

The Alternative Gift Market allows folks to give donations to projects geared towards helping the poor and needy around the world.

Organizers tell us, instead of giving traditional gifts this holiday season, the market gives folks a platform to donate to projects like harvesting water for schools in India, providing safe homes for orphans in Mexico or protecting children from abuse in Haiti.

"I hope people can feel good about giving something meaningful as a gift rather than feeding into the consumer stream, which is so normal for us, when there are people who really have nothing and even some seeds to plant a garden would make a difference," explains organizer Nancy Lande.

There are 30 projects around the world and three local projects and Lande tells us they hope to expand next year.

The market runs until 4p on Saturday at the Heck/Quaw Gym in Belgrade.

If you missed the market and you'd like to participate, you can pick up a booklet at the Belgrade Superintendent's Office or visit Alternative Gifts International's website.