One of our favorite hometown holiday shopping events arrives on Sunday: the Alternative Christmas Markets at All Saint’s and St. Mark’s churches. You won’t walk away with a lot of fancy packages and chic indulgences, but you will do a lot of good on behalf of the people on your gift list.
Here’s how it works: At All Saints, 23 “vendors” set up in the church’s Sweetland Hall and share about the good deeds their organizations do, from providing medical services to needy children right here to donating a herd of goats to a village in Africa. You choose which nonprofit(s) you’d like to support, make donations, and in return you get gift cards to give to your friends, to show that you supported something worthy in their names. St. Mark’s does pretty much the same thing, but they continue the market on the following Sunday, too.
At All Saints, you’ll also find a few vendors selling goods that do good, like the beautiful jewelry, objets d’art and gifts from 10,000 Villages. And at St. Mark’s, the high school youth group will be collecting items for care packages they’re assembling for troops.
This year’s nonprofits include such close-to-home groups as Young & Healthy and Homeboy Industries and such far-reaching ones as Doctors Without Borders and Habitat for Humanity. You’ll find the online catalog here. And if you can’t attend, just contact the group you want to support directly (details in the catalog) to order your cards.
Alternative Christmas Markets
Sunday, December 6, 8 a.m.-early afternoon
Sweetland Hall, All Saint’s Church
132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena
Sunday, December 6 & 13, 9 a.m. – noon
St. Mark’s Church
1014 E. Altadena Dr., Altadena