Richmond’s First Christian Church is holding its annual Fall Bazaar on Saturday to raise funds for several local nonprofits, as well as to help struggling artists and craft vendors.
Since 1955, the church has hosted the bazaar, but was forced to cancel for the first time last year due to COVID-19. With the event returning in 2021, they hope to raise funds for other organizations that have lost funds due to the events being canceled.
These include Hope’s Wings Domestic Violence Shelter, Open Concern, and MadisonHomes (formerly known as Room in the Inn) – which the First Christian Church has helped play an important role in their development.
“Donations are down for every charity, for everyone, and it is like that, because so many people were left out of work during the pandemic,” said Pamela Hopkins, organizer and saleswoman of the bazaar.
The church has a long history with the other nonprofits it hopes to support through the bazaar.
The church helped develop the program behind Hope’s Wings, opened Open Concern in the 1970s, and was involved in serving meals and lodging at MadisonHomes, according to Hopkins.
This event will feature vendors selling handcrafted items such as stained glass, paint, woodwork, knitting, pottery, wreaths, honey, quilts, jewelry, and ornaments, among others. Additionally, the fall event will feature sweepstakes with prizes such as the current version of American Girl Dolls with accessories or $ 500 in cash.
Tickets for the raffle cost $ 5 and there will also be a bake sale at the event. All proceeds from these items will be donated to organizations.
“This event is something to help these three charities,” she said. “But then you think of artists and vendors, they’re artisans who used to have a place to sell products on a weekly and bi-weekly basis and only a few things came back to support them.”
The First Christian’s Fall Bazaar, she said, would give sellers a safe, warm, well-spaced and ventilated opportunity to sell their wares.
“It goes in two directions to help both artists and charities,” Hopkins said. “So many of these people are used to going somewhere all year round and over the past 19 months have had very few opportunities.”
She said that in 2019, the bazaar hosted nearly 400 guests, all of whom shopped from vendors. In the past, the church offered a turkey-based lunch.
That will change this year and the event will feature food trucks, another group that Hopkins hopes he can take advantage of out of the bazaar. Drea’s Bucket of Catfish and 757 Dawg Pound will provide food.
The bazaar will take place on Saturday, November 6 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will take place at the First Christian Church located at 412 West Main Street in Richmond.