Holiday Bazaar benefits local families

Photo by Shea Singley Holiday Bazaar at Salem EC Church.
Photo by Shea Singley Holiday Bazaar at Salem EC Church.

Salem Church, in Lenhartsville, held a Holiday Bazaar with the idea helping three local families through difficult times. Organized by church member Nancy Boyer and her family, the proceeds from the event benefited Amy Roth’s family, of Topton, Nicole and Chris Moore’s family, of Minersville, and Raechel Hess’s family, of Centerport.

The room was filled with local vendors including books, blankets, jewelry, candles, decorations and more for people to walk. Raffle items were also available along with food during the event. Other activities at the event included pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Clause, games for children, crafts for children, a DJ playing holiday favorites and a silly holiday photo booth. Whether looking for a gift for the holidays or looking to get into the holiday spirit, the bazaar had something for everybody.

With all the fun and shopping, there was a greater purpose behind the event in helping the three families during the holiday season.

Raechel Hess, recently in remission, has been battling stage four breast cancer and bone cancer while trying to work and provide for her family which includes her husband and son.


Nicole Moore and her three children were in a car accident leaving two of her children living at a rehabilitation center where they are learning to eat, walk and communicate after spending time at CHOP.

Amy Roth, with the support of her husband and three sons, is battling her second round of Leukemia. She is currently at Hershey Hospital where she will stay for the next few months to receive bone marrow transplants.

The Holiday Bazaar was held on Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with more than 30 vendors and other activities running throughout the day.

About the Author

Shea Singley

Shea Singley is the editor of The Hamburg Area Item. She grew up in Berks County and spent three years at the University of Arizona, Tucson, where she double majored in Creative Writing and English before transferring to Kutztown University where she majored in Professional Writing. Shea graduated from Kutztown University in 2012 and during that time completed an internship in the publication department of a non-profit organization in Washington, DC. She joined Berks-Mont Newspapers in March of 2013 and had enjoyed getting the chance to explore the Hamburg area and meet the readers. Reach the author at or follow Shea on Twitter: @hamburgitem.