The Ladies of Charity kicked off the holiday season with their annual Holiday Bazaar this past weekend at the St. Paul Chong Hasang Parish Center in Harker Heights.
The Knights of Columbus served breakfast Sunday morning as the bazaar closed out its two-day run.
“We’ve had a real good turnout,” said treasurer Katie Fitzpatrick. “The big rush comes after 9 a.m. Mass. People can come, shop and eat.”
With an array of Christmas décor, gifts from around the world, books, knitwear and homemade baked goods, the bazaar offered something for everyone.
Renee Shippey shopped for Christmas presents for teachers at the event, while her 3-year-old granddaughter worked at the craft table constructing ornaments out of Popsicle sticks.
“It’s nice that the kids can be occupied,” Shippey said as she shopped, in town for the weekend to visit her mother, a member of the church.
The Junior Ladies of Charity assisted with the event. These young ladies are ages 10 and older, and they will one day be members of the adult organization.
Janice Douglas came to both days of the bazaar, purchasing a holiday centerpiece for her table Saturday. On Sunday, she came after Mass with her mother and sister and enjoyed the Knight’s breakfast.
All of the funds raised at the event stay in the community, with the ladies using them to give back to charities including several local food care centers, Families in Crisis, the Hope Pregnancy Center and Meals on Wheels.
“The thrift shop sustains us throughout the year,” Fitzpatrick said, referring to the Harker Heights Ladies of Charity Thrift Store.
Donated items in the shop can be purchased at a reasonable price and the proceeds are then gifted to the various charities in need.
The bazaar raffle was another way to bring in funds, with more than 3,000 raffle tickets purchased. Winning prizes included a stereo system, jewelry and cash, all of which were donated by the community. The winning tickets were drawn at the end of the bazaar Sunday.
This was the group’s 18th annual bazaar, said Judy Gilliland, the thrift store manager, and their biggest event each year.