ELIZABETHTOWN — The annual Empty Stocking Fund, sponsored jointly by the Bladen Journal and Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, has received a shot in the arm from Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery.
The Elizabethtown business is putting together a Holiday Craft & Gift Show, scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Vineyard & Winery from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The proceeds will benefit the Empty Stocking Fund.
“We are hoping that this will turn into a yearly event,” said Tania Meares, an organizer who owns Te’s Treasures in Elizabethtown. “We are also looking for a DJ or Band willing to donate their time to this cause.”
Each holiday season, the Empty Stocking Fund collects monetary donations from the public — individuals, businesses, school groups, church groups and civic organizations — and, right before Christmas, gift cards to Walmart and Leinwand’s are purchased and distributed to needy families throughout Bladen County.
The goal this year is $15,000 — which will not only help more than 200 children to have a nice Christmas, but also send Bladen Journal General Manager/Editor W. Curt Vincent to the roof of the Bladen Journal for 24 hours.
“We are thankful to Te’s Treasures and Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery for putting this event together,” Vincent said. “Every little bit helps toward reaching the goal — and hopefully surpassing it.”
Meares is hoping to attract at least 20 vendors to event, which will also feature a raffle and door prizes.
“Since this is our first show, the booth fees will only be $20 and we request that each vendor donate a $10 to $15 item representing their product,” she said. “These items will be door prizes for our shoppers — or you may donate a gift card if that works best for you.”
All vendors are responsible for their own canopy, tables and chair for their booth(s).
For information, email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org; to register for the show, send a check made out to Te’s Treasures to 59 OP Circle, Elizabethtown, N.C. 28337.
Contributions directly to the Empty Stocking Fund can be handled in a number of ways:
— A check or cash can be delivered to the Bladen Journal office at 138 W. Broad St. in Elizabethtown during regular business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
— A check made out to Bladen Journal Empty Stocking Fund can be mailed to the Bladen Journal, P.O. Box 70, Elizabethtown, N.C. 28337.
— A Bladen Journal staff member can come by and pick up any contribution you may have during regular business hours.
The Bladen Journal will collect donations through Dec. 12 — along the way, contributions will be listed in the newspaper. Those who prefer may remain anonymous or contribute in memory of someone else.