For people who want to give loved ones meaningful holiday gifts, but don’t want to add to their piles of needless stuff, the Alternative Gift Market in Santa Fe offers a solution. Patrons can buy presents that benefit five different New Mexico charities, and chat with representatives of those nonprofits to learn about the good work their gifts will accomplish. Shoppers can choose to help feed a veteran through the nonprofit New Mexico Veterans Helping Homeless Veterans, or buy a children’s book for the library through the Santa Fe Public Library’s Early Readers Program. They can sponsor prenatal lab tests for low-income pregnant women through La Familia Medical Center or give a needy family a safe place to stay for the night through Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families. Last year the Alternative Gift Market brought in $30,000 for its charities, and cluttered gift recipients house with nothing but goodwill.
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