On Saturday, a vision and months of hard work came together as Amy’s Attic Self Storage in Harker Heights launched its first craft festival to benefit the Rainbow Room.
More than 20 vendors lined the parking lot outside of Amy’s Attic Self Storage, selling everything from baked goods to crocheted slippers. The Sticky Bones Barbeque food truck was there to feed the dozens of people in attendance. A large blowup bounce house provided entertainment for the children while parents shopped.
“I heard they were doing this to benefit the Rainbow Room. I couldn’t think of a much better cause, so I wanted to come out and show my support,” said event attendee Cheriea Hines.
Event chairwoman and facility manager of Amy’s Attic Self Storage, Bethany Burkholder, said they chose the Rainbow Room because every dime donated goes to children in need.
“This year we looked for a charity that provided most of their contributions to the needy and the Rainbow Room is just that; they give away 100 percent of all contributions,” Burkholder said.
The Rainbow Room is an emergency resource center available to Bell and Coryell County Child Protective Services case workers to help them meet the critical needs of abused and neglected children.
“The resource is available to abused of neglected children any time of day — whether they need clothes, diapers, formula — all that is there for them,” Burkholder said. “In addition, they give them comfort items such as blankets, toys, stuffed animals, items they need to make the transition from one place to the next successfully.”
“They make a huge difference in the lives of little kids who are going through some really terrible things,” Burkholder added.
Amy’s Attic Self Storage aimed to raise $2,000 for the charity Saturday, a goal organizers think they surpassed, thanks to great turnout.
“People keep showing up, the kids are having a blast in the bounce house,” said Bob Varnvas, vice president of Operations at Amy’s Attic Self Storage.
“We have six Amy’s Attic stores from Copperas Cove to Belton, we’re locally owned, we are lucky to serve a great community,” Varnvas said.
“They give to us, we wanted to give back to them.”