There will be crafts, food, and, of course, gingerbread. This Saturday, the 30th annual Gingerbread Fair is coming to All Souls Episcopal Church at 14640 N. Cleveland Ave., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The event started in 1989 when the church started on Slater Road and moved to its current location shortly thereafter. It has grown to become the church’s biggest fundraiser of the year said Nancy Pimpinella, event chairperson, who ran the bake sale for years and which raised the most money from the event.
It will be a wonderful opportunity to buy handcrafted Christmas gifts and decorations, amazing home-baked goods, of which there should be plenty of gingerbread products.
There will be more than two dozen crafters, raffles for gift baskets, a bake sale, hot dogs and desserts. The event has traditionally raised $2,000 toward its outreach program on Wednesday. The church also has a thrift store and is known for its annual blessing of the animals.
Pimpinella said she hasn’t done much promotion in the past, but with the needs of the least fortunate growing, they would like to help further.
The monies raised will go toward the church’s main mission of feeding the hungry. The church has a food kitchen on Wednesday, providing meals for the neediest.
“We’re a small church, but we do big things. We feed and clothe the homeless and the needy in North Fort Myers and Cape Coral. We have a parish nurse and doctor who comes on Wednesday. We do a hot meal with Harry Chapin Food Bank,” Pimpinella said. “We give out bus passes and tents and help people get jobs.”
For more information, contact Pimpinella at 910-0332 or visit the website allsouls.dioswfl.org.