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Giving Hope In Hampton Roads Hosts Two Holiday Fundraisers

YORK-Giving Hope in Hampton Roads is hosting two holiday fundraisers to assist local families in need.

The first is a Thanksgiving Food Drive and Craft Show on Saturday, November 20, from 10am to 3pm, at Grafton Baptist Church, 5440 George Washington Memorial Highway, Yorktown.

The public is invited to enjoy grilled hotdogs and hamburgers, music, and shopping. Pink Zebra, Nana’s Crafty Corner, and Oberwies Dairy are a few of the vendors slated to be present at the event. The nonprofit asks that non-perishable Thanksgiving-related food items be donated for admission to the event, though monetary contributions are accepted as well. Donations will be used to furnish traditional Thanksgiving dinners to financially-strapped families in the community. Giving Hope in Hampton Roads President Karen Whaley said they are shy a few birds and welcome more turkey contributions.

The second fundraiser, Tinsel Town Bazaar, will be held Saturday, Dec. 4, from 9:30am to 3:30 p.m., also at Grafton Baptist Church. The bazaar will benefit local children by providing gifts to those in need. AJK’s Au-som Creations, Thirty-One and Kitsune Forge will join an array of vendors ready to showcase their holiday goods. Santa will be making a surprise visit from noon to 3pm. Food, music, and crafts for the kids will be available onsite. Gift wrapping will be available for a donation.

Founded in 2010 by Whaley and her daughter, Julie Corbin, the nonprofit has been assisting people in need for almost 11 years. “Our goal is to change one life at a time, to make a difference, and bring people together for good causes,” said Whaley.

For more information, or to make a donation, please contact Karen Whaley at

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