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Bazaar offers children a unique shopping experience

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By Special to the Monitor

Various arts and craft fairs and shopping opportunities are held during the holiday season where adults can find gifts, but what about children? Shopping opportunities that are kid-friendly can be somewhat of a challenge. Luckily, Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church has a solution.
The Children’s Christmas Bazaar, which will be from 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 4 in TOTH’s Kelly Hall, 3900 Trinity Dr., is specifically provided for children in Kindergarten-6th grade.
The young shoppers can choose from numerous items that have all been donated by church members and the community.
The inventory includes dolls, stuffed animals, action figures, baby toys, puzzles, jewelry, CDs, books, journals, games, coffee mugs, tea cups and Christmas items, to name a few.
All the merchandise is reasonably priced and gift-wrapping is provided at no cost. Children are encouraged to bring a shopping list and a reusable shopping bag.
To help make shopping experience smooth, a personal shopper will be on hand for the younger children. Everything is set up to help the kids feel special about picking out their own presents to give to others.
While the kids conduct their shopping, the parents can relax in another area of the church, where they can enjoy refreshments and fellowship with each other.
The children are doing more than just checking off their shopping lists, they are reaching out to the community. The young people of TOTH decide where the proceeds from the bazaar are sent, usually to causes that benefit children. However, the real purpose of the event is to instill in the children the spirit of giving.
Numerous organizations in the community lend a nurturing hand, such as the Girl Scouts, the Los Alamos High School National Honor Society and the Freecycle people.
Currently, donations are needed most from the community. Rather than going out and buying something, it is suggested donors look around the house and see what would be appropriate. Collection boxes are at TOTH, at Curves for Women and at the Senior Center. The deadline to contribute is Dec. 2.
In the past there have been more than 200 kids attending the bazaar. It seems to leave a lasting impression on many of the shoppers because those who are too old to shop often return to work as volunteers.
For more information, or to volunteer or donate, call TOTH at 662-5107.