When Patti Bachiu decided to organize an Easter bazaar, she wanted the event to support a local organization that provides help to those most in need in the community.
So Bachiu contacted Friendship House, a Christian outreach centre located on Grey Street that provides after-school programs, a food bank, breakfast club and other services.
“I approached Friendship House to help raise some money for the different programs they offer,” Bachiu said. “This is about helping to jump-start local, home-based businesses while helping Friendship House.”
About 200 people attended the outreach centre on Saturday to browse wares offered by 14 vendors, which included cosmetics, jewelry, spices, children’s toys, Tupperware and other goods, during the Friendship House Fundraiser Easter Bazaar.
The bazaar raised about $300 for the centre, while providing exposure for local businesses, Bachiu said.
“Vendors here also donated gift cards and products for a future auction in support of Friendship House,” she said. “We tried to roll this in with the upcoming Easter season to provide some gift ideas.”
Amy Millette, owner of Books and Toys for Girls and Boys, said the bazaar offered a great opportunity.
“I just opened my business in February and I’m looking for some exposure,” Millette said. “I’m a Christian, so the fact that this supported and took place in a Christian facility definitely sparked my interest.”
Eight-year-old Kira Elliott said she was happy to be at the bazaar.
“I like the toys,” she said. “There is lots of stuff I like here.”