HARKER HEIGHTS — The Ladies of Charity of St. Paul Chong Hasang Catholic Church held the first of their two-day annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday at the St. Paul Chong Hasang Parish Center, located at 2412 Stillhouse Road in Harker Heights.

This year marks the 24th annual bazaar, which concludes Sunday.

“It’s bigger than last year. We’ve added four extra tables,” according to Sylvia Schnapp, Ladies of Charity secretary.

The bazaar took up the entire Parish Center space, with multiple tables holding items of every kind. There were handmade gifts, tables that held holiday décor, religious items, plants, jewelry and quilting fabric. There were also specialty tables for men with wood carvings and golfing items, and one for pets containing treats and toys.

There were two separate areas containing baked goods, as well, with the larger area that also held soup mixes, homemade jams, and cookbooks. Food such as hot dogs, hamburgers and nachos were also provided by the church’s Knights of Columbus.

Of course, there were also fully decorated Christmas trees of varying sizes, too.

Many of the items were handmade, but many were donated. Denise Brafford, vice president of the Ladies of Charity, said, “Outside of the items that are handmade, these items are all donated brand-new, and we keep them (specifically for) the bazaar.”

All proceeds from the bazaar will go to support local charities. “Our mission is to help the poor, the disadvantaged and the marginalized. We have 12 charities that we regularly support…Our bazaar and our thrift store (located on South Ann Boulevard in Harker Heights) enable us to support the charities year-round,” Brafford said.

The bazaar will also be open on Sunday from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m., when the drawing for the holiday raffle will take place. This year, there is a chance to win one of 58 gift baskets valued “at least $50 each,” according to publicity chair Jane Barr. “You do not have to be present to win.”

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