The 80-degree weather felt more like spring, but hundreds of people still enjoyed the Christmas spirit at the 22nd Annual Holiday Bazaar at St. Paul Chong Hasang Catholic Church Parish Center on Nov. 4 and 5.

Sabrina Chapman waits all year to shop for unique items.

“I adore the shawls and baby clothes, because you can tell everything is made with love,” Chapman said.

This popular fundraising event was geared up to be better than ever with about 30 tables offering beautiful hand-made items, such as jewelry, ladies fashion and accessories, children’s apparel, Christmas decorations and children toys.

More than 40 gift baskets enticed shoppers to buy a raffle ticket for an opportunity to win one stuffed with an array of items, like food, wine and soaps. Several new items included a wooden Minnon child’s chair, and jeweled crosses. Cookies, breads and deserts sold almost as soon as the trays hit the tables.

Carolyn Farmerie, president of Ladies of Charity, hoped this year’s bazaar would equal, or surpass, last year’s total of $20,000.

“We have so many items and they sell out fast,” Farmerie said. “Each year it gets bigger and better, which is great because we make more money.”

The funds raised from the bazaar are combined with money from its thrift store, 1005 S. Ann Blvd., for donations to nonprofits, including Harker Heights Food Care Center, Killeen Food Bank, Home & Help Shelter, Mission Soup Kitchen, Families in Crisis, Hope Pregnancy Center and Hill County Community Action Association.

Longhorn fan Jason Hill eyed an orange and white basketball, bouncing it a few times. “I could get one with the UT logo, but it’s for a good cause, so I’ll buy it,” Miller said.

Throughout the year, most of the 104 members make items for the bazaar, from knitting, sewing and crocheting blankets, linens, plus making floral arrangements and holiday decorations.

The Junior Ladies of Charity, a youth organization, also made many decorative items.

“It’s hard work but we love doing it,” said Jean Turchiano, a member, who bought a wreath. “Our bazaar is known for the beautiful wreaths.”

A fabric sale, live plants along with a used book sale also caught the eyes of many.

A regular bazaar shopper, Sherry Kopher, checked off her Christmas list, a blanket for her mom and an ivory pocket knife for her husband, but she wasn’t done shopping.

“I need one of those wreaths,” she said.

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