Give a gift, help change the world at Wichita Alternative Gift Market

Gifts to honor people and that make a difference are going on sale next weekend at the 20th annual Wichita Alternative Gift Market.

The market features alternative gifts. Shoppers can select from 30 national and international projects, purchase a tax-deductible gift and then receive an insert that describes the project and recognizes the person whom the shopper is wanting to honor.

“Most people who come out and shop are people who say their family already has everything they need,” said Tony Princ, director of Alternative Gifts International. “Some say this is a chance to make their money do good.”

The gifts help fund books for school libraries in Ethiopia, fill pantries in the United States or buy milking goats for families in Haiti.

Last year, more than $28,000 was raised and nearly $2,000 was distributed to five local agencies.

“The Wichita Alternative Gift Market is responsible for over $50,000 given to Wichita area homeless shelters and food pantries since 2004,” Princ said in an e-mail to The Eagle on Sunday. “When people support world needs at the market – the Wichita Alternative Gift Market gives back to the community.”

This year’s market is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Grace Presbyterian Church, 5002 E. Douglas, near Douglas and Oliver. The market will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and an American Indian blessing.

People coming to the market can sample foods and purchase gourmet food and accessories from the Wichita Women’s Initiative jewelry from Kenya and chocolates and coffee from Equal Exchange.

According to Princ, Wichita hosts one of the largest such markets in the nation.

Reach Beccy Tanner at 316-268-6336 or btanner@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @beccytanner.

Wichita Alternative Gift Market

The 20th annual gift market is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Grace Presbyterian Church, 5002 E. Douglas.

For more information, go to www.altgifts.org.