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Charity craft show to benefit kids

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A charity craft fair at Vintage Hills retirement community Saturday will benefit both the nonprofit group Watermark for Kids, and also the local Indianola HOPE Foundation.

The fair goes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14. While proceeds from food sales and table rental will benefit Watermark for Kids, said Annette Grochala, executive director of Vintage Hills, Indianola HOPE Foundation will sell crafts to support their own organization at the fair.
“Watermark for Kids inspires and supports area children to pursue their dreams, whatever their passions may be,” said Grochala. “We hope the Chairty Craft Fair will help raise a good amount of funds to foster leadership skills and support local kids.”
The HOPE Foundation will be raising money to support basic needs of Indianola kids.
The Foundation provides students enrolled in the Indianola Community School District and their families with help in shelter, transportation, medical needs, food and clothing, explained Kris Gaulke during a speech at the Rotary Club of Indianola on Friday.
The organization has helped more than 60 students last school year, and 16 since year-round school opened in July of this year.
The stories of the need that exists and how students have been helped can move you to tears. It’s a sobering reminder that while Indianola and Warren County are very fortunate, there are people within our communities who still need help.
Gaulke pointed out that close to 40-percent of the students in Indianola receive free and reduced lunch. She said that is a good indication of the need that exists within the school district.
Needs may be as simple as gas so a parent can get to to work or school, or glasses so a child can see better, said Janna Heater, who also spoke.
The group depends on donations, as well as some funding from United Way and other groups. They also raise money by selling crafts at events such as the Charity Craft Fair this weekend.
It’s two groups doing good things. Stop by and visit during Saturday’s fair. For more information on Vintage Hills, call 515-961-1924. To learn more about Indianola HOPE Foundation, go to Indianolahope.org.

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