Several ladies of Bowman Memorial Methodist in Hazard are using their skills in crafting and their love of fellowship to help raise money for others and their church.
A group of the church’s female members meet every Wednesday where they sew and craft to prepare for their annual Christmas Bazaar. They work on their crafts for 10 months out of the year in preparation, and over the last 19 years they have been able to raise money that is then used by the church.
“We are way up into our second $200,000 with just a bunch of women coming over here on Wednesday,” said Ladonna Smith. “We have a good time, but we are accomplishing something.”
Along with creating crafts for the annual bazaar, they also make items to help out the local hospice center, donating dozens of pillows that are used in therapy and also as a way to comfort the patients. “We just wanted to do something for them,” said Smith.
Over the last several years, they have made charcoal room deodorizers, donated snacks, and made prayer quilts for Hospice of the Bluegrass in Hazard. On Wednesday the women presented the pillows they have been working on to Linda Wooton, a representative for hospice.
Along with this donation, the women are also getting ready for the bazaar which begins today at the church. They said that after 19 years they are starting to change some of the typical crafts. “Christmas crafts, we have kind of gotten away from that and we are doing more non-seasonal stuff,” Smith noted.
The bazaar will include a lasagna lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for $6. The church will be open for the bazaar from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 1 and 2.