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Holiday shopping with a charitable twist


Published: October 25, 2017


 With the season of giving just around the corner, one local group is working to bring together artisan works and holiday cheer.

 Planning for the 7th annual Mistletoe Magic Red Lake Craft and Gift Show is underway and co-organizer Dianne Bennett says the show is about more than just buying and selling Christmas presents.

 “I don’t know how many kids that have been able to benefit from the recreational activities through the Kids are Recreationally Equal (KARE) program,” said Bennett last week discussing the fundraising aspect of the show. “We have raised approximately $1,500-2,000 for each of those seven years.”

 Bennett says the event started out being just a fundraiser for the recreational program and over the years the group has been able to add more benefactors to the list. For the last four years the Tea Room canteen proceeds have been donated in money or items to the Chukuni Christmas Cheer Board, raising $900 the first year.

 Tannis Bray says the show’s early November date means it is an opportunity to start off the holiday season. Offering new vendors each year with a heavy mix of homemade crafts and home-based business is what draws her to the show.

 “I also think there is a draw, for myself, when you do all the handmade crafts its just something more exciting. It draws me in to go to a craft show is handmade items,” she added.

 Bennett adds that the show draws 300 to 400 people each day, especially now that it is the only local holiday tradeshow.

 “We are supporting other talented artists in our region and giving them an opportunity to sell their stuff and small businesses…It is an opportunity to shop local but it is also a community event. Lots of people look forward to it. It is something in the community that we offer that people can look forward to.”

 Although the final vendors list is being confirmed, Bennett says this year’s show will so far offer homemade teas, rustic signs and wild rice. Proceeds will go to support to KARE, the Red Lake Food Bank and the Chukuni Christmas Cheerboard.

(seen above) Co-organizers Dianne Bennett (left) and Tannis Bray are getting into the holiday spirit. – Photo by Jennifer Parsons

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