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La Casa, Inc.’s Holiday Bazaar to be the biggest ever


La Casa, Inc. domestic violence organization’s 29th annual Holiday Bazaar will be the organization’s largest ever, said La Casa Executive Director Henry Brutus.

It will be held 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave.

Admission is $5 and is free to children under age 12.

The Holiday Bazaar will include unique handcrafted goods, art, jewelry, a cookie cupboard, live music and more. Brutus said this year’s event includes 110 vendors, which is at capacity.

“We’ve had a really great response this year, which is going to be our largest so far,” Brutus said.

“This is an event for the entire family,” he said. It will include interactive games for kids, a visit by Santa Claus, a free gift-wrapping station and, for the first time, “Hubby Huts,” where spouses and significant others can hang out while their companions do the shopping.

“We’re trying to make sure we’re all inclusive and thinking of everyone,” Brutus said.

Attendance was about 2,500 at last year’s Holiday Bazaar, he said, and La Casa is hoping for 3,000 or more this year.

In addition to attending the Holiday Bazaar, you can help La Casa, Inc. with donations of: non-perishable food items, food baskets, coats, blankets, toys, gifts for children of all ages and adults, household items, furniture, gift cards (especially for teens) in any amount, clothing and toiletries. You can also adopt a La Casa family to buy holiday gifts for.

Take items to donate to 800 S. Walnut St. in Las Cruces, or 325 First St. in Anthony, NM, Monday-Friday, from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Send donations to La Casa, Inc., P.O. Box 2463, Las Cruces, NM 88004. Donate online at www.lacasainc.org/donations.

La Casa, Inc.’s emergency shelter is open 24/7 and houses up to 85 people at one time. La Casa, Inc. opened in 1981 and provided more than 22,000 days of care and comprehensive services to more than 2,000 people last year.

For more information, contact La Casa, Inc. at 575-526-2819 or contact@lacasainc.org. Visit www.lacasainc.org.