Strictly Business

The Alternative Gift Fair moved from the Young Ballroom at Reid Center on the Whitman College campus to the virtual realm.

For three more days, gift donations can be made online to a selection of 25 nonprofit organizations.

How it works: Make a donation in someone else’s name and give the gift card recognizing the donation as a present to the person.

This is the fourth year for the Alternative Gift Fair.

During its 2018 launch Dec. 1, the event saw more visitors and a jump in nonprofits participating. Donations were up 45 percent from a year ago with just over $7,400, said Erendira Cruz, Sustainable Living Center executive director.

Ten organizations received more than $300 in donations. Top earners were the Walla Walla Alliance of the Homeless ($780); The Health Center ($720); and Blue Mountain Action Council ($692).

That event also featured information tables, a craft project, bake sale, raffle and more.

Those who missed the fair can still have gift donations counted through the end of the week.

Forms are available online.

Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at 509-526-8321, or on Twitter at

Vicki covers business and economic development, including tourism, the Port of Walla Walla and the Strictly Business column, as well as features. She has been reporting for the Union-Bulletin since late 2001.