With the goal of making this Christmas a merrier one for many local children, Christmas Gifts for Children, a regional organization based in Lucasville, conducted its inaugural local Christmas Gifts for Children Vendor Fair Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Madison-Jefferson Firefighters Association Bingo Hall in Oak Hill.

There were 20 vendors present to sell their wares. The event will make the Yuletide season happier for many Oak Hill area students and their families and organizers considered it to be a big success. Organizers will use the proceeds to purchase Christmas gifts for needy children in the Oak Hill Union Local School District.
     According to event co-organizer Danielle Stumbo, Christmas Gifts for Children serves several Southern Ohio counties and also Carter County in Kentucky. She explained how the process will unfold.

“We get the kids's names from the Oak Hill School system,” said Stumbo. “This year, we have 111 students.” Last year, the program, as a whole, served 3,025 kids across the region.

The vendors this past Saturday were selling a wide assortment of items including:  Crafts, candles, pies and desserts, Christmas decorations, along with Pop Rox jewelry and Color Street nails.

There was a Burrito Buggy food truck parked outside along with a kettle corn vendor as well to provide concessions.

Stumbo reported the event came together quickly. Local organizers were happy with the process and how people are still thinking about the needs of others even during these difficult times.

“We've been getting vendor names for about a month and a half now,” said Stumbo. “We set up last night, and then everybody set up their booths this morning.”

Stumbo continued, “We will be bringing our gifts to the Bingo Hall, and the Food Pantry also donates food to a lot of these different families as well for Christmas. The parents can come in and choose a gift for their child here the week of Christmas.”  

Local organizers hope to make the Vendor Fair an annual event in Oak Hill.