Saturday, November 27, 2010

Local vendors unite to benefit Darke County Families in need this Christmas Season

Darke County native Mandy Flatter has organized a fundraising event to provide Darke County families in need the Christmas they have been praying for. Patrons can make contributions while supporting area vendors at the Christmas for the Community Marketplace. The event will be held on Saturday, December 4th from 10:00am to 2:00pm at First Congregation Church in Greenville, Ohio. First Congregation is located on at 115 W. 5th St. in Greenville, OH.

“I had been wrestling the thought of hosting another fundraiser, but this time for families in need this Christmas Season, but wasn’t sure. It was confirmed that I had to do this event when I heard an amazing sermon this past week at Church (EUM) I sat and listened to our pastor (Bill Lyle) speak about the feeding of the 5,000 from 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. I knew that hosting this event and bringing our community together for this great cause was my 5 loaves and 2 fish. I can’t give this much alone, but with the support of my family, friends, community and ultimately the blessing of God I know that all things are possible. I wanted to create something bigger that may possibly inspire others to give too,” said Flatter, independent consultant for Pampered Chef. “I mentioned my idea to host another fundraising event to some of my friends and other local business owners and they all jumped on board asking how they could participate. I am very appreciative for the amount of support from the local community.”

The Christmas for the Community event is open to the public and admission is free. A variety of food and beverage offerings will be available for purchase as well as raffle tickets for an array of great prizes. Local vendors will also be onsite selling their products and services. Proceeds from this event will be used to adopt local families in need this Christmas Season.

Retail booths are at capacity with vendors offering an assortment of products ranging from cookware and utensils to make up, and jewelry to baby gifts and accessories. A reflexologist and massage therapist will also be on location. (For a full vendor list, please contact Mandy Flatter.)

Community members are encouraged to give for the greater good by supporting local families in need at the Christmas for the Community Marketplace event. For more information contact: Mandy Flatter, Event Organizer, voice: 937-423-7234, Email:

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