John Burnett Reports On 'Alternative Giving.'

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A handful of nonprofit companies, mostly church-based, are challenging holiday shoppers to give money that will buy practical gifts to help needy people in developing countries. They ask Americans: 'instead of buying for the person who has everything, why not buy for the family that has nothing?' For more information...Alternative Gifts International 800-842-2243; Serve International 800-723-3712; World Concern 800-755-5022; Heifer Project International 800-422-0474; American Friends Service 888-588-2372

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