Each winter, the MOMs Group of Oakwood holds an annual Holiday Showcase. This event features more than 40 vendors offering toys, books, housewares, handmade crafts, décor, handbags, make-up, baby gifts, artistry, candles, body & bath items, jewelry and everything in between! Some items are hand crafted and some items are available through home distributors. It is also a great time to stock up on your Oakwood merchandise from clothes to books.
Admission is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served, and door prizes will be given away throughout the afternoon.
This year’s event is going to be held on Tuesday, November 15th at Benham’s Grove in Centerville from 5-9pm. Members have the first choice as to whether they would like to reserve a booth at this year’s event.
This year, Holiday Showcase will support two charity programs: Next Generation and Abantu Cafe.
Next Generation is a program specifically for helping children in low socio-economic areas, and is part of the non-profit organization Project Generation. Every Tuesday night approx. 25-30 children in grades K-6 gather for music, stories, games and a meal. For some, this is the first time they’ve eaten all day. The volunteers hope to expand and reach out to 60 children by 2012. Next Generation endeavors to show children in our community that someone cares for and believes in them so that they might believe in themselves too. The primary goals are to raise these children’s self-esteem and to give them hope for the future. A majority of the funding for Next Generation has come out of the pockets of the 6-7 adult volunteers who work with the children weekly.
The donation of winter items (coats, hats, mittens, gloves, scarves, and boots or other non-summer shoes) will support the local refugee population in Dayton. We are looking for both children and adult winter clothing items, especially ones that would fit teens to adults, but all sizes are welcome and extremely helpful. The program to which these items will be donated is the Abantu Café, in partnership with High Impact Projects Inc. and U