CG Spouses Club sells local gifts for benefit at Holiday Bazzaar
By Chris Day
Thursday, December 6, 2018
A holiday bazaar sponsored by military spouses this weekend offers shoppers a chance to buy locally made gifts, plus support two worthy causes.
The U.S. Coast Guard’s local Spouses Club’s Holiday Bazaar is Saturday at the Chief Petty Officers Association at 514 Cardwell St., in Elizabeth City. The bazaar kicks off at 9 a.m. in the CPOA club activities hall and runs till 3 p.m.
Audrey Jacobs, who chairs the Spouses Club’s fundraiser committee, said the bazaar is the club’s main fundraiser. All proceeds will benefit Coast Guard children and the local base’s Fall Festival, Spring Fling and Easter egg hunt, among other Spouses Club activities.
“It goes right into our community of kids,” said Jacobs, of the money raised.
This is the second year for the bazaar, and Jacobs is especially excited because this year’s event will also serve as a collection point for the Elizabeth City Police Department’s Santa Cop program. Jacobs is hoping to help raise needed toys for the police department’s Christmas community outreach effort.
“They don’t have a lot of help collecting gifts,” Jacobs said, adding that assisting the ECPD fits in with the Spouses Club’s goals. “This is one of our strategies, to participate in local events every year.”
The bazaar is free and open to the public. Each person who brings an unwrapped toy donation will receive an extra raffle ticket, in addition to the complimentary ticket that all shoppers will receive.
Nineteen vendors, who are all linked to the military, either as spouses, dependents, active duty or retired, will participate, Jacobs said. They will be selling a range of gifts, from woodworking to jewelry to custom T-shirts and more.
There also will be baked goods for sale, Christmas music, a live DJ by Lady J’s Mobile Entertainment and several items up for raffle. One prize will include a Google Home smart speaker, Jacobs said. The Google Home is a smart device that relays a user’s operational commands to other Google-based smart appliances and entertainment systems spread about the home.
Jacobs,whose husband is active duty Coast Guard, said the club has about 60 members from all branches.
“We even had a retired Army wife last year on our board,” she said.