The annual SSM Health St. Francis Hospital Holiday Bazaar is amid it’s three-day run at the hospital. The event opened at 11 a.m. Wednesday with a large crowd interested in perusing holiday décor and baked goods.
“That first two or three hours, it was just crazy,” said Jane Schieber, Auxiliary Craft Committee spokeswoman. “We sold a lot of stuff.”
The event supports the St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary, that purchases hospital supplies and gives nursing and medical scholarships throughout the year. Last year the auxiliary raised about $4,000 to help with those services.
The craft committee begins creating the items for the bazaar staring in July. Decorating wreathes, trees and other items. Small baseball snowmen, lighted wine bottles and holiday frames are displayed in the main lobby hallway where passersby can get a good look.
Some of the baked goods available Wednesday were: cinnamon pecans, pecan fudge, peanut butter cookies, pies and more.
“We’ll get a lot more baked goods in during the week,” Schieber said. “We’ve still got a lot of stuff.”
In her first time at the bazaar Ruth Stickley said “There are a lot of neat objects here.”
Though she’d never been to the event, she said she had received gifts from someone who bought it at a previous bazaar and it piqued her interest. “I just had to come.”
The event continues from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1.