Holiday bazaar to raise funds for students goes online
While 2020 has proven to be increasingly strange, Kelso Community Club thinks it could still be a little more bazaar. Starting this week and ending Sunday, Dec. 6, the club — which spearheads several fundraising endeavors for Kelso Elementary throughout the year — is hosting a virtual holiday bazaar.
A Facebook group where vendors can post items for sale has been created under the name "Kelso Elementary Virtual Holiday Bazaar." The group is public and can be joined by anyone and everyone looking to support small businesses and the school and shop local for Black Friday.
"This bazaar is a tradition at Kelso," said event coordinator Heather Fitch. "Since the schools can't open up, we decided to host it online. This way it keeps people home and safe but still able to shop."
While this year's event will not include the usual cake walk, crafts and visits with Santa Claus, there will still be plenty of deals on gifts for the holidays.
More than 15 vendors are signed up to participate, offering an array of homemade and retail items, such as Scentsy products, handmade signs and décor, clothing, hand-knitted goods, discounted photography sessions, kitchenware and more.
"Most of our vendors are local or have a connection to this community," Fitch explained. "I think it's important we help them get their names out and they also help us by paying a flat rate or making a donation to the club. People should definitely participate and help support local schools and local vendors."
Funds received by the KCC help to fund programs and other needs at Kelso. This year, some money has been used to purchase small gifts for teachers to use to incentivize students to keep working through the difficult time of distance learning.
"I will miss (having the event in-person)," Fitch said. "It's nice to see all of the kids."
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