By Kim Steele
Harker Heights Herald
With the holidays right around the corner, the Ladies of Charity is gearing up for its annual holiday bazaar this weekend.
The bazaar is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday at St. Paul Chong Hasang Catholic Church's parish center, 2412 Stillhouse Lake Road, Harker Heights.
"It's like a craft sale, but it's more than just crafts," said Sylvia Schnapp, president of Ladies of Charity. "It's like a holiday sale, and we have something for everyone. We started the bazaar by selling pies, but it has really grown since then. I think we have more goodies this year than we've ever had before."
The bazaar is entering its 16th year; last year was the first time it was held in the new parish center. The bazaar is the largest fundraiser of the nonprofit organization, which numbers about 100 members.
The group's mission is to help meet the physical and spiritual needs of the very poor in Harker Heights and Killeen. The Ladies of Charity owns and operates a thrift shop at 105 S. Ann Blvd. in Harker Heights.
Schnapp said all proceeds from the bazaar, as well as the thrift shop and other fundraising events, help the two communities. Recipients of the money include the Killeen and Harker Heights Food Care centers, the senior centers in Harker Heights, Families in Crisis in Killeen and Mission Soup Kitchen in Killeen.
The bazaar will feature hand-crafted items, baked goods, Christmas and fall decorations, jewelry, fabric, new toys, and handmade vests and aprons. It will include a storybook corner and craft table for children, as well as a variety of food for purchase, from lunch and dinner on Saturday to breakfast on Sunday.
Schnapp said the event also features a raffle, with tickets selling for $1 each or six for $5. Prizes include a television, cash, gift baskets for men and women, and gift cards from businesses and restaurants.
"Last year, we opened at 9 a.m. and by 9:30 a.m., people were on their cellphones calling their friends to come see what we had to offer," said Schnapp. "It was great to see their excitement, and it made us feel really good."
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