Local church helps shoppers find hand-made gifts for the holidays

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(UPDATE) The Church raised five thousand five hundred dollars from the bazaar.

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The United Presbyterian Church hosted its annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday.

The bazaar helped visitors start their holiday shopping. It is set up during the second Saturday in November.

Most of the items for sale are hand-made by local residents and church congregants. Some of the products included quilts, mittens, hats garlands and a whole lot more.

“The ladies are so talented and there’s a gentleman there that makes walking sticks that are absolutely beautiful,” Beverly Gilbert, a bazaar shopper, said. “I think that would be one thing that people would want to come see.”

She purchased a rice-bag, that one puts in the microwave to heat up. It is then placed on sore muscles to help alleviate soreness.

Cindy Baker, this year’s Bazaar chairperson, said she and the other volunteers always have great joy helping out.

“We sit in church every Sunday next to people and don’t realize what talent they have until we have our bazaar,” Baker said. “They’ve got some many great ideas. What we get out of it is just the joy of serving God and helping our church.”

A luncheon awaited shoppers with hot food after they spent their time shopping.

All funds raised will benefit the church and help repair a roof that fell in during the summer.

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