“Chain Cutters” and “Wings to Fly” will be featured at the 11th annual Alternative Christmas Gift Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Cedars Conference Center, 1021 Cedars Drive in McPherson.
This year’s market features 22 charities, all of which help persons in need, empowering them to break the chains of poverty and giving them the wings to fly.
In addition to alternative gifts, items from Connected, a fair trade store in Lindsborg and Salina, will be available for purchase.
“We invite everyone to come to the market to learn about these charities, enjoy some Christmas music and cookies, and consider making an alternative gift in honor of a loved one,” said Judy Stockstill, chair of the Outreach Team at the McPherson Church of the Brethren who sponsors the market. The event is free and open to the public.
“We appreciate the opportunity to be involved with the Alternative Christmas Gift Market,” Brenda Sales, Director of Circles of McPherson County, said. “We see and visit with a lot of people we don’t meet in other places.”
Unlike some alternative markets, 100 percent of the donations goes to the charities. All costs for hosting the market are provided by the Church of the Brethren and the Cedars, which provides the facility.  
Over the past the ten years, over $180,000 has been donated.
“I love being a part of the market,” said Tandy Wine, one of the original organizers. “The holiday atmosphere, the pleasant buzz of people interacting at booths, learning about charities and being inspired to give.”