Holly Days Bazaar Helps to Sustain Vital Community Projects

On Saturday, November 16, Bells Corners will come alive with the Christmas spirit as Christ Church Bells Corners (CCBC) opens its doors once again for its popular Holly Days Bazaar.  Located at 3861 Old Richmond Road, this annual, volunteer-driven fundraiser will take place from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm and promises a wide selection of treats and treasures at affordable prices for people of all ages.

“Christ Church Bells Corners has, for generations, supported vulnerable populations who cannot achieve their full potential because of poverty, lack of housing, inadequate education, fear, and isolation,” explains The Venerable Kathryn Otley, rector of the parish.  “But our work cannot be sustained without the generosity of our parishioners, friends, and visitors.”  The Holly Days Bazaar is one important piece of the puzzle as the funds it raises allow CCBC to continue contributing tens ofthousands of dollars annually to local hospices, women’s shelters, drop-in centres, and FAMSAC (the emergency food assistance program serving Ottawa’s west end), as well as to international humanitarian relief efforts. “We know the spirit of Christmas is alive and well in Bells Corners, and we look forward to welcoming everyone on November 16,” adds Otley.

This year’s bazaar features home baking, Christmas wreaths and crafts, sewing and knitting, artisanal soaps, candy and deli items, jewelry, children’s toys and games, a huge book selection, and a silent auction.  Everything has been made or generously donated by talented church members, their friends and family. Start your holiday shopping at the Holly Days Bazaar on November 16 and then stay for a delicious home-cooked lunch in the always popular Holly Days Café.  Admission to the bazaar is free, there is ample parking on site, and the building is wheelchair accessible.  Cash and credit cards are accepted.

Christ Church Bells Corners, an active intergenerational Anglican parish and a dynamic presence in the Bells Corners community, has been nurturing faith, serving the world, and welcoming all since 1853.  It has recently launched an ambitious affordable housing project that will see the construction of a three-storey apartment building on church grounds to provide homes for Ottawa families and individuals who have waited years for a place to call their own.  For more information on the 2019 Holly Days Bazaar, contact Megan Sproule-Jones at 613-322-7214, visit our website at www.christchurchbellscorners.ca or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ChristChurchBellsCorners/

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