Russ Hill Memorial Bazaar starts Nov. 19 at CUMC

The Russ Hill Memorial Bazaar, sponsored by the Community United Methodist Church, will begin on Wednesday, Nov. 19, and continue through Dec. 10, except on Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 27, 28 and 29.

As many as 100 persons from the community are usually involved and do their volunteer work in several areas: as greens suppliers, wreath makers, wreath decorators and centerpiece designers; in sales, order, shipping and cooking; and by fixing lunch for as many as 40 volunteers each day the operation is open.

The bazaar raises as much as $20,000 a year to aid the church and community needs. Sixty percent of the proceeds go to the community.

Many people purchase wreaths that are then shipped to recipients living in locations across the nation.

The bazaar is named for Russ Hill, who died in 1973 at the age of 40. This is the 43rd year of the bazaar. As a lay member of the Methodist Church, Russ Hill was active in church youth work.

The first year the bazaar was held, there were 25 wreaths sold. More recently, the sales have reached over 800. The cutoff date for sales this year is Nov. 19.

Some orders are delivered outside the U.S. Persons wishing to make orders can dial (970) 264-4538.

Malcolm Rodger, project chairman, urges people to visit the church and select any gifts they might prefer, not just wreaths.