A “mini” Poinsettia Bazaar was held on Saturday, November 14 between 11am and 1pm at All Saints’, Ladner. One of the primary goals of the annual initiative is to honour and provide some revenue to the various compassionate service programs supported and/or initiated by the parish.
Items were available for sale earlier through the church website and those purchased items were available for pick up at All Saints between 9:30 and 10:30am, a half hour prior to the Bazaar opening up in the parish hall
Although the November final Order from the Provincial Health Officer regarding the temporary region-specific directives were distributed on November 12, All Saints’ organizers were extremely careful, following BC Provincial Health protocols; contact tracing; physical distancing and constant sanitizing making them confident that the church hall was safe for volunteers and the community before and during the 11am-1pm onsite sale.
Items available for the sale included:
The only items available for in person shopping that weren’t online were the various handmade crafts.
There was also a delicious take-away luncheon plate for sale at the bargain price of $5. The lunch included freshly made tea sandwiches and homemade baking.
All Saint’s rector, the Reverend Robin Ruder-Celiz was onsite for the sale accompanied by 10 parish volunteers. With a total of 10 All Saints folks in the hall at any given time, access was restricted to 10 shoppers to keep the number present to 20.
As in years past the poinsettia plants sourced from a greenhouse in Richmond (the parish has used this same supplier for 3 years) were the top selling item.
Sheryl Gaffney one of the principal organizers of the event when asked to comment on organizing and producing a fall fair during a pandemic had this to say:
"Last year, 2019, the bazaar raised $10,200. This year online sales were approximately $425 and approximately $2,000 onsite sales. While the amount raised was much smaller than last year, we were still encouraged by the community’s support during the pandemic conditions."
When asked where the parish was planning to direct the approximately $2,425 in proceeds, Sheryl replied:
"At our Vestry meeting in February 2021 – a motion will be passed as to what local societies will receive the funds. A sample of recipients in past years include: BC & Yukon Guide Dogs; Mission to Seafarers; Little House Society (addiction centre); OWL (Orphaned Wildlife); PADS; Community of Faith and the All Saints, Ladner Community Meal."
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