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In its 16th year, the Southern Illinois Alternative Gift fair supports the local region

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After missing a year because of COVID-19, the Southern Illinois Alternative Gift fair is returning this Sunday to the Carbondale Civic Center.

Over two dozen non-profits will be on hand to sell items to help southern Illinois. But, some vendors say gift-selling is just one part of the event.

Jess Jobe is a volunteer with the Alternative Gift Fair.

"One of the things that the organizations that participate every year tell us is that they like being in the same space as these these other non-profit organizations. It's as much of a friend-raiser as it is a fund-raiser for these non-profit groups."

The event runs from 2-5PM and masks are required. Jobe adds a donation of one non-perishable food item is requested, but not required, for entrance.

Donations from this year's Southern Illinois Alternative Gift fair will go to various Southern Illinois food assistance programs.

For more information, browse to: https://www.facebook.com/events/573576250584126

Born in Newport, Rhode Island to a military family, Kevin Boucher traveled the country and the world at a young age before his family settled in Murphysboro, Illinois in 1976. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Radio-Television at Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale and worked in commercial radio before becoming the Traffic Manager at WSIU Public Television. Boucher has since earned a Master's degree in Professional Media & Media Management Studies from SIU's College of Mass Communication & Media Arts. He is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys gardening and exploring the flora and fauna of the Shawnee National Forest and other beautiful natural areas across southern Illinois. Kevin is embarking on a new path with WSIU as the Community Engagement Producer for WSIU Radio. Look for Kevin's work on air and on line.
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