Yale Students Host Market of Gifts

On December 8, the Yale College student group Reach Out is hosting the third annual “Alternative Gift Market” to raise funds for projects to benefit communities in the developing world and locally.

The Market will take place at Dwight Hall, 67 High St. (Old Campus), 1- 6 p.m.

The Alternative Gift Market gives members of the Yale community and the general public an opportunity to help support the work of non-government organizations that provide relief, education, medicine and shelter for those in need throughout the world. Visitors to the Market make a donation to a project or projects of their choice. The person in whose name the donation was made receives a certificate describing exactly how the donation was spent.

Among the 33 projects represented in the Alternative Gifts International program are shelter for children in Uganda orphaned by AIDS; tools for community gardening programs in several developing countries; the release of thousands of children and adults (among an estimated 10 million) who live in bonded slavery in India; and wheelchairs for thousands of disabled people in the Congo.

The Alternative Gift Market is one of many events and programs organized by Reach Out, the Yale College partnership for service in the developing world. Last year the Alternative Gift Market raised around $8,000 for communities abroad. This year the Market brings donations to projects closer to home by inviting local established non-profit organizations to participate. The Dwight Hall Alternative Gift Market offers visitors a chance to purchase crayons and books for children in after-school programs, meals for the elderly or homeless, or sheets and towels for families and individuals leaving shelters and moving into their own homes.

For more information about the Alternative Gift Market at Yale, visit the web site: www.dwighthall.org/alternativegift.htm

The project catalog of Alternative Gifts International can be found at http://www.altgifts.org/bin/site/templates/default.asp?area_2=pages/projects/main

For more information about the Reach Out program, contact Adam Barth 301- 325-3512 or adam.barth@yale.edu

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