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Church holiday market benefits Relay for Life

Published 11:34am Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The holiday spirit is beginning to fill Alexander City, and one opportunity to begin a little early Christmas shopping will be Thursday at the Alexander City Methodist Church’s Holiday Market.

“We always try to shop at home and spend our money here and support local people,” said Twila Gordon, one of the organizers.

The market will be Thursday from 6–8 p.m., and it is open to the community.

Gordon said the Soul Sisters, the women’s group at the church, has had the market for several years.

“Last year was the first year that we dedicated the market to Relay for Life,” Gordon said.

Gordon said their Soul Sisters Relay for Life team has raised $380 for Relay through the market – $20 from each of 19 vendors – and will raise more if people make donations.

“All of us have been touched by cancer, whether we have had it personally or one of our family or friends have had it,” Gordon said. She said the Alex City Methodist Church became more involved in raising money for cancer when their praise and worship leader got breast cancer.

The market will feature homemade wreaths, jewelry, homemade goods, canned goods, homemade candies, monogramming, children’s clothing, purses and items from Jackson’s Drugs.

”We wanted our church members to have a convenient place to Christmas shop and buy from local people,” Gordon said.