St. Luke's here in Durham had an Alternative Gift Fair for two Sunday's in a row and we volunteered on part of Recyclique. 

Here is the view when you first walk into their activity building. 

Here is Recyclique's table - actually we had three tables and a stand. Katie was the head volunteer so manned the tables the whole time. Kristina, Karen and I helped out in shifts. 

Not sure what an alternative gift fair is? Well we had no idea either so were amazed when we showed up. All the tables are different non-profits and charities - you can donate funds and may receive a gift or just a card for your donation. 

There were local charities like Housing for New Hope, Coops for Cribs and Meals on Wheels. There were also national and international charities as well. You could pick a place to donate for yourself or as a gift for someone.  Pretty neat eh!?!

We donated to Heifer International (Heifer.org). You could donate any amount and they had a list of what different amounts could be used for so we donated towards a sheep. 

Their mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. They do this by raising funds for farm animals and education in the care of these animals, giving the recipients a source of food and income. Pretty awesome!! 

We also donated to the Wiser Foundation - they are working to improve educational, economice and health outcome for females; create gender allies in males and promote community-wide enhancements in health and development. We thought this was also a very worthy charity and look forward to learning more about them. 

All the charities there were awesome and we appreciated the opportunity to hang out with them and the members of St. Luke. This year instead of getting caught up in the commercialism of the holidays, send a little love by donating to your favorite charity - in your name, in someone else's name or even anonymously  No matter the size of the gift, it will be appreciated! 

Thanks for reading! Millie

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