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Holiday bazaar benefits local, international groups

Frances Hohl/For Steamboat Today
Bella Ciraldo-Freese holds her new calendar featuring her butterfly artwork. The 7-year-old will be one of the local artisans featuring her goods at the Holy Name Catholic Church bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Holy Name Catholic Church on Oak Street.
Frances Hohl

If you go:

What: The Work of Human Hands holiday bazaar

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19

Where: Holy Name Catholic Church, 524 Oak St.

— “Shop once, give twice” is a great reason to hit The Work of Human Hands holiday bazaar Saturday at Holy Name Catholic Church in Steamboat Springs.

This is the 19th year the church’s volunteers bring in handmade or fair trade items from around the world to benefit poverty-stricken communities. Better yet, organizer Diane Anderson says 10 percent of the sales go to the local community as well.

“We pick different nonprofits and local families in need,” said Anderson. “This year money is going to the Women’s Giving Circle and at-risk youth.”

International items for sale include Christmas ornaments, scarves, gloves, jewelry, household items, hats, nativity scenes, coffee and chocolate.

Anderson said the church invites local artisans to participate as well, especially those with charitable hearts.

Shoppers may be surprised to see 7-year-old Bella Ciraldo-Freese, an artist who started using her love of painting butterflies as a way to give to Denver’s Children’s Hospital.

“I’m gonna be selling some butterflies and calendars because it makes me feel good,” said the little pint-sized artist.

Mom Lisa Ciraldo explains it all came together a couple of years ago when Bella started painting about the same time her brother was doing testing at the Children’s Hospital. A nurse seemed charmed with Bella’s eclectic butterflies and with urging from her big brother, Bella and her mom came up with “Wings of Art” as a way of turning butterflies into a little business that also gives back.

“She hung her art at Mountain Brew in March, but this will be her first craft fair,” said Lisa Ciraldo.

Freshly minted calendars, bookmarks and cards will be sold at Holy Name’s bazaar with 25 percent of sales going to art therapy programs.

“To me the nurses and doctors are the wings of help,” Ciraldo said. “I can imagine the butterflies on scrubs eventually.”

Steamboat clothing and jewelry designer Emily Schmidt will also be there with her Awaken Fair Trade company, whose sales also help women who have overcome sex trafficking in Thailand.

In addition to the bazaar, Holy Name’s youth group will sell baked goods and host a soup luncheon, so come hungry.


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