VALDOSTA — Accessories, children’s clothing, wreaths and more were all offered for sale Saturday in the name of charity at Crafters for a Cause. 

The event was hosted by Almost Home Charities and was held at the Valdosta-Lowndes Parks and Recreation Authority’s Senior Community Center.

Almost Home co-founder Jackie Shoemaker said Crafters raised about $1,500 for seven local charities and she confirmed the fundraiser will return next year.

Several craft makers turned out Saturday, including the soap-producing company Mandolin Wings and a gourd painting and recycling crafts business Crafts by Margie.

Pink Paisley Boutique participated. The business sells children’s clothing, baby items, wine glasses and more all made from vinyl.

Living Bridges Ministry, a nonprofit that assists people who are considered low income or who live in poverty, will benefit from donations, according to organizers.

Co-founder Darcy Gunter said Living Bridges is a small organization that is unable to do much fundraising.

“We have limited fundraisers, limited time,” she said. “So, this helps us donate the most of our time back to the people that we serve while someone else is raising funds on our behalf.”

The event marked the second time Living Bridges has received Almost Home funding, Gunter said. The organization was given money last fall and used it to irrigate a community garden and buy groceries for transformation students.

“We’re blessed to be involved in this program,” she said. “We appreciate all that Almost Home Charities does to fundraise for us.”

Lyndsey Griffin, owner of Pink Paisley Boutique, said she’ll be back next year to participate in the event, and that Crafters is a good way to promote her new business.

“I just think it’s a great cause, all the different charities that we’re supporting and everything,” she said. “I think it’s a great way to get my name out there.”

Margie Vollenweider, Crafts by Margie owner, said the fundraiser was organized nicely and she’s happy to participate for the sake of helping charities.

“I’m able to give toward these seven charities and do my passion of making crafts, so I think it’s a win-win,” she said.

Nancy Stalvey, Mandolin Wings’ owner, said she enjoyed herself Saturday and she loved the diverse handcrafts available.

“I like having local areas that I can come to and be able to contribute to my community and let people know that we have a lot of artisans in this area,” she said.

Kohl’s Clothing Company provided volunteers for Crafters. Visit almosthomecharities.org for more information about the nonprofit.

Amanda Usher is a reporter at The Valdosta Daily Times. She can be contacted at 229-244-3400 ext.1274.

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