Dedicated volunteer Carol Schade brings spirit of holidays to annual Auxiliary sale
On Saturday, Dec. 1, hundreds of local residents officially kick-off the holiday season by attending the 63rd annual Community Memorial Auxiliary holiday sale from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, in Hamilton.
Proceeds from the sale support the most critical needs of Community Memorial Hospital and its five Family Health Centers.
The event organized by the Community Memorial Hospital Auxiliary features handmade items, attic treasures, a kitchen corner and a chance to win a lovely holiday basket or handmade quilt created by the Stoltzfus Sisters. The Holiday Café offers yummy sweets and hot beverages and young shoppers can visit a kid’s table to participate in art activities.
“This popular holiday event takes months to put together and it is truly a labor of love,” said Auxiliary President Susan Scull.
The highlight of the event is the beautiful hand-made crafts from the “Twiglets,” the sewing group of the Auxiliary. Carol Schade has been instrumental in keeping these gorgeous items at the holiday sale each year and why she is being honored by the Auxiliary for her years of service. A member of the group since 1968, Schade researches, collects materials and prepares the projects for the Twiglets to complete for the December event.
“Carol is high-energy and dedicated to the cause,” said Twiglet Holly Bisselle.
The Twiglets meet every Tuesday afternoon after Labor Day until the Dec. 1 event and welcomes interested individuals to join the group. There is also a knitting group, the “Twigs” that meets Wednesday mornings at the church.