Bridgette Marakoff and Brittani Plotnikoff organized the first ever Tarrys Fire Department Vendor Show to raise money for the Castlegar Christmas hampers.

Tarrys Fire Department collects for Castlegar Christmas hampers

The Tarrys Fire Deparment held a vendor show to raise money for Castlegar Christmas hampers on Saturday.

The Tarrys Fire Department held its first ever vendor show on Saturday at the fire hall.

The show was to raise money for the Castlegar Christmas food hampers, replacing the door to door drive that the fire department used to do.

“This year we decided to go about it with a totally different approach,” said Brittani Plotnikoff, one of the firefighters who organized the event. “We were just not finding that the door to door was working as well as we would like it to.”

There were over 31 vendors at the show, selling everything from pottery, to handmade soap, to knit-wear and candles, and the show was very well attended.

“I”ve seen a lot of purchases and a lot of bags going out, which is awesome to see,” said Plotnikoff. “And it’s awesome to see that everyone is shopping locally for their Christmas goodies this year.”

The show not only managed to raise money Plotnikoff estimates over $2,000 but also ended up bringing in lots of preishable food donations.

Anyone who would like to drop off or pick up food can do so at the Tarrys Fire Department on Tuesdays.