WMU News

Students learn to make holiday gifts, avoid shopping woes

Dec. 3, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University students and community members will gather Friday, Dec. 10, at the Gibbs House for Environmental Research & Education on WMU's Parkview Campus to learn about alternatives to buying gifts for the holidays.

The event scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. features gift-making workshops and a "clothing swap," which benefits the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission. The event is open to the public and refreshments and all materials used in the gift-making activities will be provided free of charge.

The holiday gift-making event features candle-making using environmentally friendly wax, bowl-making using old vinyl records, picture frame and clay pot decorating, and an opportunity to make holiday cards out of sustainable paper materials. Participants are also encouraged to bring clothing that they no longer wear for the clothing swap.

Sponsors of the event include the Western Student Association, Students for a Sustainable Earth, and Gibbs House for Environmental Research & Education.

Gibbs House is located at 4503 Parkview Avenue, just east of Drake Road and the WMU Soccer Complex. Parking is available in the driveways both east and west of the house. For more information or a detailed map, visit <homepages.wmich.edu/~j8weeby>

Media contact: Tristan Brown, 269 353-3313, tristan.brown@wmich.edu

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