Hearts and Hands Emporium
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 26 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 27
Where: First Baptist Church of Gainesville banquet hall, 751 Green St. NW, Gainesville
Cost: $5 to enter; children 16 and younger free
More info: www.fbcemporium.org
Are you tired of that guilty feeling you get every time you swipe your credit card?
The Hearts and Hands Women’s Ministry at First Baptist Church has a solution to make you feel the opposite.
The group will hold its annual Hearts and Hands Emporium to benefit the Partnership for Gynecological Cancer Support on Friday and Saturday in the banquet hall at First Baptist Church.
More than 65 vendors will fill the banquet hall with a variety of items for sale just in time to get a jump on fall shopping. This year’s vendors include Affordable Accessories, Bohemian Bird, Buttermilk Pie Co., Cozy Corner, Pampered Chef, Rahab’s Rope, Rust & Roses and The Spa on Green Street, among others.
Tickets to enter the Emporium are $5 per shopper, while children younger than 16 may enter for free.
Proceeds from the event will go to the Partnership for Gynecological Cancer Support, a local nonprofit organization that supports women undergoing treatment and recovery from gynecological cancers.
Jenny Burns, First Baptist’s associate pastor of communications and special ministries, chose the cancer support group as the charity event’s beneficiary because of the local nature of the work it does.
“We chose them because we like finding groups that make an immediate impact on the community,” Burns said. “We also really try to get groups that help women, specifically women and children, because that’s what’s sponsored by our women’s ministry.”
The Partnership for Gynecological Cancer Support has a special tie to the community through the Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Dr. Andrew Green, NEGMC’s gynecological oncologist, is one of only 650 gynecological oncologists in the country. The Partnership for Gynecological Cancer Support works specifically to support Green’s client base, which includes women who come from all across the Southeast to be treated by him.
“I think the thing that really got our attention was how great the need is, and how the opportunity to serve these women comes straight to us,” Burns said. “All we have to do is meet their needs. When you realize they’re here and you can do something to make their life better, why wouldn’t we?”
Last year, the Hearts and Hands Emporium raised $20,000 for Gainesville Action Ministries. They aspire to raise the same amount, if not more, to benefit PGCS.
“We expect the same amount, and hopefully a little more if we get enough shoppers,” Burns said.