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The 11th Annual Children’s Christmas Bazaar will be open to the community from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 7 at Trinity on the Hill. It is for children from kindergarten though sixth grade.
Parishioners from the church, and as well as members of the community may donate new, or very gently used gift type items. Members of the church will sort, price and set up the day before the Bazaar.
Prices range from 50 cents to $5. The higher priced items would typically be things we don’t really want to “give away,” and if they don’t sell they would go to the Trinity on the Hill thrift shop, the proceeds of which all go to outreach ministries.
The morning of the sale, kids will gather at the greeting area with a list of up to 10 people for whom they wish to purchase gifts and are given a shopping bag. The purchases are then selected and paid for and everything is gift wrapped for free.
Meanwhile all parents go to another part of the church for fellowship, drinks and holiday treats. There will be activities in the greeting area for pre-kindergarten children.
Shoppers who are hesitant to go around by themselves may have a helper — or “Elf” to assist them.
Although the real intent of the event is not to make money, we do generate several hundred dollars, which is all given to charities.
This year it will go towards scholarships for the Trinity on the Hill youth choir who attend a music camp in Pennsylvania each summer, as well as to Episcopal Relief and Development for mobile medical clinics in third-world countries.