PHOTOS: Alternative gifts travel farther


The annual Alternative Gift Fair — held at the Takoma Park Presbyterian Church community hall on Saturday, December 3 — provided people with a fun way to give gifts from the heart.

With live music playing, baked goods enticing, and massage therapists offering free relaxation, about 40 charitable organizations handing out information and suggesting ways to make contributions as gifts for friends and family.

This year gifts included $30 to buy medical checkups for 10 Mayan children, $5 for a recorder for a disadvantaged child, $10 for a week of fresh local vegetables for a low-income family, and many more choices.

If you missed the gift fair, you can go to the website of the Alternative Gifts of Greater Washington, to download the “Shopping List” and mail in  your order by Dec.13.

See photos of the Alternative Gift Fair below.

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About the Author

Julie Wiatt
Julie Wiatt moved to Takoma Park with husband “Coach G” Weinstein and son Zak during cicada season May 1987. They (Julie, G and Zak, not the cicadas) were part of a migratory pattern from an Adams Morgan group house. Before coming to this area she was a wanderer, taking photos in St Croix, working on a community newspaper in East Boston, tracking bats in Panama, studying biology and art in New York City. Julie loves the Voice, considering it a wonderful way to know and celebrate Takoma Park and Silver Spring.