Quilting group holds fall festival to raise money for Circle of Love seniors

cpride@losbanosenterprise.comNovember 29, 2013 

— The Circle of Love seniors program held its semiannual fundraiser last week.

The nonprofit quilting, arts and crafts group put on the Circle of Love Harvest Fest at the Los Banos Community Center.

The event featured a $5 soup and salad lunch, 45 vendors selling handmade and homemade items, a raffle and plenty of socializing between participants and attendees.

Gloria Mendonca, who heads the Circle of Love program, said the money raised will go toward buying material for Circle of Love.

“This is how we do our outreach programs. Anything we make we take out into the community and the ladies keep doing their crocheting and knitting,” Mendonca said.

“We don’t get rich,” she said, “but what we do make we give back to the community.”

Circle of Love has 50 members who crochet items throughout the year and sell them. The program is a way for senior citizens to come together to do something they enjoy.

Betty Sanders discovered the Circle of Love last month while taking care of her ill husband.

“I came here (to Circle of Love ) and I’ve never enjoyed anything so much in my life,” Sanders said. “They’re just down to earth people, that’s what I like.”

Arlene Cardoza, who sold items ranging from trivets made from wine corks to miniature cloth Christmas trees, said she was impressed by the event.

“This my first year here and this is really nice. There are a lot of wonderful items here,” Cardoza said

Stella Vanderveen and her husband, Menno, spent six months making the wooden crosses they sold at the Circle of Love event.

“It’s fun. You may not sell a lot here, but you get a lot out of it just having a good time,” Vanderveen said.

Pot holders, quilts, homemade necklaces, dishware and a range of trinkets and Christmas items were all part of the event.

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