Local vendors host 2014 Impact Christmas Bazaar for charity

Local vendors host 2014 Impact Christmas Bazaar for charity

The holiday celebrations have begun in the Chattahoochee Valley, and one local company invited the community to do their Christmas shopping for a cause over the weekend.

More than 20 vendors set up a shopping experience at the Impact Center in Columbus on Saturday and all for a good cause.

"The proceeds are going back to the Impact Center on behalf of Ann Hardman Ministries, just to help the church that started us with our personal business which is the Tastee Cookie Company," said LaRae Baptist of the Tastee Cookie Company.

The Tastee Cookie Company hosted the 2014 Impact Christmas Bazaar.

A new holiday tradition, businesses from Columbus as well as Atlanta helped people shop for the perfect Christmas gift.

"We recruit businesses off of Facebook and social media and they come out, give out their business cards, sell themselves and then help us in the process," Tastee Cookie Company's Royce Matthews said.

TTC is giving a chance to other businesses that Anne Hardman ministries gave to them.

"We wanted to give back to our church. Our church actually founded the Impact Center and our business was actually birthed out of our church because we used to sell cookies to the members, so this is a way to give back to them because they supported us over the years."

TTC is hoping to raise funds to support the Impact Center, a safe place for young people in the community to keep them off the streets.

It houses many events that provide a positive message.

"We use it for Friday Night Live, which is a get together for anyone in the age of 20 to 40, just to be around a positive atmosphere."

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