St. John's Christmas Fair
St. John’s Christmas Fair is generally held the Saturday before Thanksgiving. It is the primary fundraiser for various projects, including donations to local and regional charities, and helps fund special projects within the church and its buildings. The Fair is a community effort and includes the sale of used books and a “nearly new” sale of antiques and household items. It also offers a silent auction, handmade crafts, baked goods, jewelry, antique linens, Christmas items, plants, used toys and sporting goods. There is a children’s tent for crafts and activities, complete with a visit from Santa Claus! The café serves delicious lunch and snacks throughout the day.
Proceeds from the fair enables us to contribute to the following charities:
- Local: Bread for the World; Camp DeWolfe; Community Food Council; Family Service League; Food Not Bombs (Community Solidarity); Gerald J. Outreach Center Food Pantry, Wyandanch; HIHI (Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative); Mentoring Partnership of Long Island; Peconic Community Council; St. George’s Food Pantry, Hempstead; St. John’s Day Camp; St. John’s “Grow-to-Give” Garden; INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network), Hempstead; Tri Community and Youth Agency; and Youth and Family Counseling Agency, Oyster Bay/East Norwich.
- National: 9-1-1 Veterans (national cause, local organization); Habitat for Humanity (national cause, local build); Save the Children, Early Steps for School Success (ESSS).
- International: Episcopal Relief and Development; Relief in the Philippines International Rescue Committee; Syrian Refugees; St. Matthias – Haiti; and Tanzanian Children’s Fund.
There are many opportunities for parishioners of all ages to get involved. Check At St. John's and/or the weekly bulletins for more information on volunteer opportunities.
Contacts: Sealy Hopkinson, Sue Collins