Ladies of Charity

The Ladies of Charity prepare for the annual Holiday Bazaar. From left are committee members Cris Crismale, Bernice Lindley, Norma Thompson, Jane Barr and Pat Beseda.

To help the underprivileged in the community the Ladies of Charity are set to host their Annual Holiday Bazaar fundraiser Nov. 2-3 at St. Paul Chong Hasang Parish Center in Harker Heights.

All of the profits made from the Bazaar, in addition to the profits that are made at the Harker Heights Ladies of Charity Thrift Store, go right back into the community, said Jane Barr, publicity chairperson, as she and other committee members prepped the center for the event.

“This is what we do to help the poor and the needy in the community,” she said.

The event is free and open to the public and will feature religious inspired pieces, clothes, fabric, jewelry, books and a host of other items for sale.

All items were donated by local businesses and individuals in the community, including some handmade crafts made by members.

“People can come purchase items at a reasonable cost knowing that the profits will go back to the community,” Barr said.

The Knights of Columbus will have food available for purchase and a variety of baked goods will be for sale.

A children’s crafts table will keep children busy while their parents browse the merchandise, Barr said.

Guests can also purchase raffle tickets, at $1 each or six for $5, for the chance to win jewelry, a surround sound stereo system, a garage door opener, a lap top or cash, Cris Crismale said.

“The drawing will be at 11 a.m. on Sunday and you do not have to be present during the drawing in order to win a prize,” Crismale said.

Committee member Pat Beseda recalled the event’s humble beginnings.

“It started with just a few tables over in the Parish Center when we first joined and then it just grew,” she said. “We had more people wanting to make things and help out and it eventually evolved into this.”

The group’s largest fundraiser for the year, the Bazaar is from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 and from 8 to 11 a.m. Nov. 3. at the Parish Center, 2412 Stillhouse Road in Harker Heights.

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