The Hope Legion Hall was buzzing with activity on Saturday (Nov.17) as the annual Beta Sigma Phi Christmas Craft Sale opened its doors for another fantastic event.
Linda Kerr, one of the event’s coordinators, reported that, once again, the organizers were able to sell out all of the 48 tables to vendors who came to the sale to offer a wealth of crafts and hand made materials to the residents of Hope.
Take Cathy Stultz as an example.
We met her sitting behind a table that was laden with a host of knitted hats, scarves, sweaters, and just about anything one could imagine being possible to the accomplished knitter. When the Hope Standard caught up with Stultz, she was…you guessed it….knitting.
“I’ve been coming to this craft sale for 35 years, and every year I’m amazed at all the talented people and the beautiful things they’ve produced,” said Stultz.
In fact, Stultz’s own knitted offerings were a testament to that level of skill and imagination.
“It’s a great event and we’re so happy that we manage to sell out our tables every year,” said Kerr.
“It’s for a good cause and really, it’s more than a craft sale. This is a community event where you get to meet your neighbours, and get to see some of the amazing things some of those neighbours produce. I guess there’s some artist or crafter inside a lot of us.”
While there was no charge to attend the sale, the donation jar at the door was stuffed with money that, along with the proceeds of the table rentals at the sale, will go to both the Transition House and Holly Days.
The Jean Scott Transition House is a program of the Hope & Area Transition Society and operates as a shelter for the victims of domestic violence.
“I feel very strongly about that program (the transition house), especially at this time of year. These are mostly women and their children who are running away from abuse and at this time of year especially, that just is so wrong,” said Kerr.
The other part of the money raised, Holly Days, is an annual Christmas Hamper program organized by hope Community Services. A variety of service clubs and organizations host events and businesses and schools participate in collecting food to help feed the less fortunate at Christmas.
If you missed the Craft Sale but would like to see how you can help with Holly Days, call 604 869-2466 or visit hopecommunityservices.com.