Youth to raise money for church trip to Haiti

COLUMBIA CITY — Teenagers from Columbia City United Methodist Church will be raising funds to cover the expense of a missions trip to Haiti in 2014.A holiday bazaar will give the youth group the opportunity to sale kettle corn and hold a raffle to financially support their cause.Santa’s Helper’s Market will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Van Buren Event Center, 301 W. Van Buren St., in downtown Columbia City.In addition to the kettle corn and raffle, Santa’s Helper’s Market brings together more than 40 creative artists selling their hand-crafted goods, from garden art to jewelry, designer clothing, photography, works of glass, metal, wood and more.Des We Catering will join with The Van Buren Event Center to sponsor the event.“We are excited to sponsor Santa’s Helper’s Market. It’s a great chance to see incredible talent that the Midwest brings together,” said Chef Wes Davison of Des We Catering. “Des We Catering is proud to bring this festive shopping and dining experience to downtown Columbia City.”The raffle will feature an item created by one of the market’s artists, Rhonda Eads. Eads, of Wild Vines in Russiaville, is an accomplished artistic painter and recently directed her talent in the creation of life-like papier-mache’ scarecrows.For more information, contact Kent Davison at 330-280-2563.