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November 26, 2012

Shopping to raise funds to prevent child abuse

Annual gift and craft show biggest yet

ANDERSON, Ind. — With 80 vendors planned for the fifth annual Christmas Gift and Craft Show, organizers say finding the perfect unique gift will be simple.

The Anderson Noon Exchange Club’s gift and craft show is this weekend during normal business hours Friday through Sunday, featuring 80 home-based craft and gift vendors with the majority of those items handmade. Mounds Mall, which hosts the event, is donating the space so 100 percent of the booth rental goes to benefit the Family Resource Center that provides resources to at-risk families with the goal of preventing child abuse.

“It is a great time with some absolutely wonderful, unique items at affordable prices,” said Bonny Clark, Anderson Noon Exchange Club member. “Not only are people supporting the Family Resource Center but they are also helping our community thrive by supporting these small vendors, many of them raising funds for local organizations or missions.”

She said there will be a variety of items like homemade jewelry, clothing, home goods, wood crafts, ceramics, glassware, baked goods and major vendors like Thirty-One, Avon and Pampered Chef.

“I always find stocking stuffers and unique gifts to give friends and family that you couldn’t find anywhere else,” Clark said. “Those coming out to the mall for the gift and craft show can also stop by Mounds Mall’s wonderful stores, get something to eat and see Santa. It is a great family experience and a wonderful time to have kids shop, too.”

The 80 vendors — the largest number to date — will be throughout every corridor in the mall as well as other available space, she said.

Mounds Mall marketing director Braun Roosa said the mall is happy to host the event and support the Family Resource Center as well as provide patrons with a unique shopping experience and a way to support local crafters.

“We are always delighted to help out wonderful organizations like the Family Resource Center and Anderson Noon Exchange Club,” he said. “And this is a great way to get people in to see all of the great things Mounds Mall has to offer, especially this holiday season like pictures with Santa and registering to win the Santa toy giveaway.”

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