Night Market Gives Local Businesses a Chance to Give Back

By Shelby Perry

On Nov. 30 from 2-8 p.m. in the Winona Lake Heritage Room, Grace’s annual Night Market will take place. Like previous years, there will be live music provided by various Grace students with cookies and coffee for sale.  There is no admission fee required.

Attending organizations and businesses will advertise a wide variety of products, including jewelry, clothing, hand-made craft items, soaps, art and much more.  The only requirement for vendors in attendance is that they give part of their earnings to those in need.

Returning vendors include G.R.O.W., an organization that protects women in southeast Asia from the sex trafficking industry by providing them jobs, Little Red Hen, a company based in Columbia City that makes all-natural soap products and helps raise money for orphanages in Haiti and Beloved Not Forgotten, an organization that provides a safe environment for children rescued from sexual exploitation in Indiana.

Boomerang Backpacks, an organization that helps provide low-income students with food by giving backpacks full of food to them for use over weekends, will also be returning to this year’s event. Last year community members were able to pack boomerang backpacks for local elementary school students for a donation of $3.

Other vendors include Dekko Training, Shear Love, Trades of Hope, One Love Exchange, Loving Shepard, Edify, RedBird Art Studio, Spoonful of Imagination, Raise the Dough and One World Hand Crafts.

“The event was started to give back to the community and make the Christmas season about giving rather than getting,” said Ellie Triezenburg, one of the co-coordinators of this year’s Night Market.

Night Market will be an ideal opportunity to purchase Christmas items for friends and family while also helping those in need.