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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 offers a solution.
The Children’s Bazaar, which will be held from 9 a.m. – noon Dec. 5 at Trinity on the Hill, is specifically provided for children in kindergarten through sixth grade.
The young shoppers can choose from numerous items that have all been donated from the church and community.
The inventory includes dolls, stuffed animals, action figures, baby toys, puzzles, jewelry, compact discs, books, journals, games, craft kits, coffee cups, tea cups and Christmas decorations.
All the merchandise is reasonably priced. Children are encouraged to bring a shopping list and a shopping bag.
To help make the shopping experience helpful, personal shoppers will be on hand for really young children.
“Everything is geared toward them,” Cathy Walters, co-chair of the event, said. “I think they feel really special picking out their own presents.”
While the kids conduct their shopping in the church’s new and larger hall, the adults can relax in a designated area of the church. “We try to have a café-type atmosphere for them, but it gets so packed,” Beth Pattillo, co-chair of the event, said.
The children are doing more than just completing their shopping lists, they are reaching out to the community.
Although the money goes to support different initiatives, Pattillo emphasized that the bazaar is not a fundraiser.
“It is to instill in the children the spirit of giving,” Walters said.
Numerous organizations for the community lend a nurturing hand, such as the Girl Scouts, the Los Alamos School’s National Honor Society and the Freecycle people.
Currently, what is needed most from the community are donations. Pattillo said the idea is not to go out and buy something but to look around the home and see what would be good to donate.
“That’s just good stewardship,” she said.
The deadline to contribute is Dec. 3.
In the past, Pattillo said, there have been more than 200 kids who have attended the bazaar. It seems to leave a lasting impression on many of the shoppers because some return to work as volunteers.
For more information on volunteering or donating, call the church at 662-5107.