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Christmas Bazaar raises funds for community

The Perham Women of FOCUS are again hosting their annual Christmas Plus Bazaar on November 7, at Prairie Wind Middle School and Heart of the Lakes Elementary School in Perham from 9 a.m-4 p.m.

All proceeds from the bazaar are donated directly back to the community. Many local youth from area churches and schools can be found helping out with various jobs to make the bazaar such a success. Jobs include setting up for the bazaar, assisting vendors in setting up and taking down their displays, concessions and admissions booths.

In turn, FOCUS gives monetary donations to the various groups for their efforts. This is a win-win situation for FOCUS and the youth. FOCUS receives the much needed help to make the bazaar such a success; in addition to the monetary rewards, the youth gain valuable community service experience. Over the past 10 years FOCUS has donated over $100,000 back to the community.

Some of the area groups that have benefited from the Perham Women of FOCUS include Perham-Dent schools, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, the 549 Family Foundation, the PACC, the Parade of Lights, the Giving Tree, graduation scholarships, the Perham library, the food shelf, Perham Memorial Hospital and Home, Perham EMS and many more. This year's Bazaar includes over 100 vendors from all over the state.

The Perham Women of FOCUS is a non-profit local women's organization with a primary mission to promote goodwill and friendship throughout the community.