Ithaca Blog

Friday, December 01, 2006

Meaningful Holiday Giving

Ithaca has some opportunities to do something beyond shopping for Playstations for the holidays.

The Ithaca Craft Alliance has its 18th annual holiday festival at the Women's Community Building this weekend. They deck the halls with crafty gift items from scores of local artists. There's live music and free admission. Friday 11 - 6, Saturday 10 - 5.

Down the block, at St. John's Episcopal Parish Hall, is something a little different: an Alternatives Gift Fair, where rather than buying anything, you make a donation to a worthy cause. "Honor friends and relatives with donations to causes that fit their values", they say.

There are over 100 opportunities for helping. $20 to Hospicare provides medical supplies not covered by insurance for a Hospicare patient. $10 to the Learning Web provides an hour career counseling session for seven at-risk youths. $25 to the Women's Opportunity Center helps provide dental care for a client (their "Toothfairy Fund").

The Alternatives Gift Fair raised $14,000 last year. You can help raise that figure this year and demonstrate the value of love and sharing. The event is Saturday 2 December, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

P.S. Please also see comment linked to this post about the Syracuse Peace Council Craft Fair.

Stephen Burke
for Ithaca Blog


Elizabeth Dissin said...

Another opportunity this weekend is the Syracuse Peace Council's annual Plowshares Craftfair. This is a fund-raiser for the Syracuse Peace Council and features 70 vendors from the Syracuse/Ithaca/& environs area.

It's Saturday and Sunday; admission $2. More info & directions at

Madeline said...

Hey, Steve -
Like your blog a lot... glad to have found it!
Wanted to let you know that the AGF yesterday was a great success, and though no official numbers have been posted yet, it looks like we surpassed the amount raised last year! Thank you to all the generous people who came and supported our efforts and thanks, as well, to CRESP for all their hard work in putting it together again this year.
Best -
- Madeline Maher; Associate Director, Light in Winter Festival