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'Bazaar with a Purpose' helps families of children with disabilities

'Bazaar with a Purpose' helps families of children with disabilities

KENNEWICK, Wash. — The first of three seasonal fund-raisers for a Tri-Cities non-profit helping needy families of children with disabilities happened Sunday afternoon.

It's the Family Resource Center's 9th Christmas Bazaar, featuring 25 businesses from the area.

The event is called "Bazaar with a Purpose" and it took place in a ballroom with a view on the fourth floor of the Clover Island Inn.

Money raised goes toward their yearly Christmas party, where Santa visits with gifts.

Executive Director Yadira Galvan said two years ago the dinner helped a girl with spina bifida who needed a very expensive wheelchair.

Spina bifida is a neural tube defect occurring when the spinal column doesn't close all the way in the womb.

Galvan said when they contacted The Knights of Columbus something miraculous happened,

"God works in mysterious ways, because [the chair] was donated the night before I called them. So she was able to get a wheelchair. We gave her a gift the day of the event, so she could take a picture with Santa, and then I showed her a picture of what we were giving her and she was so happy she reached out to me to give me a hug."

Galvan said the yearly meal is an important way for families of kids with disabilities to socialize, something many in their community can't always make time for.

Two more fund-raising events are planned for the Family Resource Center, including another bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 16.

Bazaar with a Purpose

  • When: 9a.m. - 3 p.m. on Dec. 16
  • Where: Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Dr., Richland, Wash.

Christmas Holiday Bazaar

  • When: 10 a.m- 4 p.m. Dec. 23 and 24.
  • Where: The Family Resource Center of the Tri-Cities, 508 E. 1st Ave., Kennewick, Wash.

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