Bazaar’s proceeds to benefit soup kitchen, advocacy center

Bazaar’s proceeds to benefit soup kitchen, advocacy center

Polly Tucker of Lincoln, a member of Chapel Street Congregational Church, and Linda Impagliazzo of Rumford, executive director at the Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center, stand outside the church in Lincoln where a Christmas fair will be held Saturday, Dec. 2. All of the proceeds from the bazaar will be donated to BVAC and a soup kitchen at Park Place Congregational Church in Pawtucket.

LINCOLN – All of the proceeds from Chapel Street Congregational Church’s upcoming Christmas bazaar are going right back out the door – to a soup kitchen in Pawtucket and the Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center, that is.

For its first Christmas bazaar in about 15 years, the Lincoln church pledged to donate 100 percent of the proceeds to BVAC and Christian Community Soup Kitchen at Park Place Congregational Church in Pawtucket.

“This is essentially a mission project,” the Rev. Kurt Walker said.

It’s a way of getting involved and assisting the community, he and Polly Tucker said.

Tucker, a congregation member who serves on the church’s social outreach committee, said Chapel Street Congregational Church has worked with BVAC during Christmastime, helping out families the agency works for, and congregation members volunteer at the Pawtucket facility.

Christmas ornaments, personalized stockings, plants and floral arrangements, crafts and baked goods will be on sale at the bazaar, and a snack bar will be open at the event that runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, and Tucker and Walker said church members are thrilled to know the money is going to good causes.

The soup kitchen in Pawtucket, Walker said, averages between about 75 and 100 people that come in weekly for a meal. Tucker and Walker, both Lincoln residents, said the funds raised for the group will help the soup kitchen continue to provide meals and purchase items like paper goods.

For the BVAC, headed by Linda Impagliazzo of Rumford, donations mean programs and services the advocacy group provides to victims of domestic abuse and families in the court system.

The group, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, started as a small, 10-bed emergency shelter, Impagliazzo said. Last year alone, the executive director said, BVAC provided services to more than 6,000 people.

The group works directly with police departments, law enforcement agencies, the Department of Children, Youth & Families and also runs and answers hotlines for victims of crime, she said. Impagliazzo said BVAC dispatches advocates when a victim is at a local hospital or police department.

“In order to provide services, we need to put the money into services,” she said.

Impagliazzo said 95 percent of the organization’s donations go directly into the operating budget to pay for services for victims, and the remaining funds go toward administrative costs.

Those who are interested in helping out with the bazaar can call the church at 401-722-7934, or email chapelstreetucc@gmail..com. To get involved in volunteering for BVAC, call 401-723-3057 or email @bvadvocacycenter.org .