Local quilters and crafters are raising funds for Occoquan and Lake Ridge elementary school teachers.
On November 5, members of River Ridge Quilters and Crafters are participating in an Arts and Crafts Fair. The second annual event will take place at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1400 G. Street in Woodbridge from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Aprons, microwave bowls, snack bags, bookmarks and other small sewn projects will be offered at the River Ridge Quilters and Crafters’ booth. Proceeds that the group collects will go to Rockledge Elementary School in Lake Ridge and Occoquan Elementary School.
Teachers at the two schools have classroom libraries. As the books become worn, they use their own money to replace them. Using the funds raised at the Arts and Crafts Fair, the schools can help teachers replenish their book selection.
River Ridge Quilters and Crafters are one of more than 10 vendors who will be set up at the event, according to Organizer Donna Pollard. The booths include a woodworker, someone who does decoupage, a basket creator, painters and photographers.
“We are excited about having it, about the variety of vendors, and the opportunity for people to come and possibly get something for Christmas gifts, or whatever,” Pollard said.
The idea of hosting an Arts and Crafts Fair arose when someone who attends St. Paul United Methodist Church approached Pollard. He expressed interest in selling his paintings to the congregation, with the proceeds going to the church.
This proposal was approved by the pastor, who mentioned that other crafters and painters may be interested in participating.