Get a head start on living out “the reason for the season” at Merry Market 2018. As you get your Christmas shopping done early, you will be helping families in need in our community! Merry Market 2018 is October 19-20 at the Gardendale Civic Center and includes a huge array of great gifts from unique vendors. Your purchases will help support Just Keep Smiling (JKS), a local ministry that assists families who have children in medical crisis.
Be sure to stop by and visit with Artsy Amber Designs. Amber and her team specialize in affordable and trendy artwork for your home. She will be offering customizable ornaments, canvas artwork in several different styles, t-shirts, serving trays, nursery décor, and much more!
If you have a passion for fashion at a great price, you must visit with Lindsey Gamble. Her business “Looking Haute” was inspired by her love for fashion. She explains, “The purpose of Looking Haute has always been to offer stylish, quality clothing and accessories for an affordable price.”
Special events happening at the Merry Market include “Cookies with Characters” Saturday from 10-Noon. Children will have the opportunity to converse and have pictures made with Mickey, Minnie, Cookie Monster, Marshall and Chase. And before you leave, don’t forget to stop by the Merry Market Cafe and Amazing Sweet Shoppe to enjoy some delicious treats!
The ministry of Just Keep Smiling was born from the experiences of three women in our community, Patrice Brooks, Debra Cook and Sue Jeffreys. All three women know what it is like to live with tragically losing children to a life-threatening illness. Thirteen years ago, they established the non-profit JKS that seeks to assist families with critically ill children by providing financial aid for immediate needs, emotional support based on personal knowledge of a child’s serious illness or death, and spiritual insight that conveys the solace, grace and strength found in God. JKS works with a network of social workers at area hospitals to identify families with such needs during their time of medical crisis with a child and/or children. Learn more at www.justkeepsmiling.org †