Village Green hosts community bazaar

‘It was one of our best ever,’ LEC says

November 12, 2013 — Natalie Hamilton

Hand-knit sweaters, jewelry, baked goods and unique crafts were among the items that helped draw a large crowd through the doors of Village Green recently.

The 66-bed OMNI long-term care home in the hamlet of Selby, Ont. hosted its annual Christmas craft and bake sale on the weekend.

With 23 tables spread out through two rooms and a steady flow of traffic, the event was a great success for a number of reasons, says Karen Coulter, life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC).

“It was one of our best (bazaars) ever,” Coulter tells The OMNIway.

“We had to open another room.” Coulter says the parking lot was packed and shoppers meandered through the bazaar, which featured 20 community vendors, a table of goods baked by family and staff, a residents’ table and a refreshments table.

Vendors donated raffle items and people purchased tickets, which will be drawn during the residents’ Christmas party Dec. 17. Profits from the bazaar and the raffle tickets support the residents’ council fund.

Having community members visit the home was another key factor in the success of the event, Coulter notes.

“The biggest thing is the togetherness,” the LEC says.

“It’s such a wonderful community event. The atmosphere was very magical.”

Village Green administrator Linda Pierce provided tours of the home for those who requested to see more.

Residents were delighted to host so many guests. “The residents enjoyed it so much,” Coulter says, noting, “we have some ladies who like to shop.”

Coulter organized the bazaar with the help of several volunteers — people who “go out of their way” to help Village Green. Family members and volunteers helped put up posters, ensured a creative advertisement was published in the local paper and assisted with the set up and dismantling of the event.

“It was a team effort.”

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