Local vendors and businesses will be in full holiday spirit, rolling out the red carpet for shoppers this Sunday as the second annual Holiday Mingle and Jingle (HM&J) gets underway beginning at 10 a.m. at Joe's Septic Contractors.
The market, which is an annual fundraiser put on by Trixy Boudreaux, is sponsored by the Shooting Da Crap nonprofit organization with proceeds benefiting Give Kids the World and The Center for Pediatric Therapy Scholarship Fund.
With this year’s Jingle boasting more than 60 vendors, kid fun stations, and plate lunches, Boudreaux knows it is another excellent opportunity to raise even more funds while providing a unique and festive shopping experience for patrons.
We spoke with Trixy who explained how HM&J came to life in 2017 when the holiday market idea first came to her. “Last year’s event was planned in 12 days. It came to my mind, and I try my best to be still and listen to God's callings.”
Boudreaux understands that even in the busy life they live, it’s important to give back to the community that has been so good to them and the HM&J allows her to do just that!
“My market is a branch of the SDA Clay Shooting event held in the spring, and although all are welcomed, the clay tournament mostly involves men. So, I knew that with this event I could get more kids and women involved, and still include men as another opportunity to raise money for our non- profit organization,” Trixy further explained.
Since 2011 the Boudreaux family has raised $190,000 between the SDC and HM&J events, directly benefiting GKTW and CPT.
“These children’s charities are very dear to our hearts. We are part of the Mickey Maniacs that wholeheartedly support these organizations. GKTW helps last wish children and CPT was also chosen because we know that therapy services are very important for children with needs,” stated Boudreaux.
“Starting the CPT scholarship fund for qualified families helps numerous children yearly even to have or continue services after insurance runs out. Changing and making a difference in these kids’ life is ultimately our goal in raising the money,” Trixy added.
Boudreaux is adding a toy drive this year and is asking community members to consider donating a wrapped or unwrapped toy which can be dropped off at any time during the event. Toy donations will benefit children in need from Lockport to Golden Meadow.
Trixy would like to stress welcoming the community to come and enjoy a day of festive family fun and shopping. Community residents will surely delight in the diverse selection of gift ideas with so many vendors on site! Shoppers are sure to find something special for everyone on their list. Vendors will showcase all types of arts and crafts, custom-made wooden items, sweets and gourmet food items of all sorts, baby items, wall hangings, wreaths, vinyl accessories, kids clothing, ladies boutiques, homemade bath products - salts, soaps, bath bombs, homemade candles, handmade jewelry, and wide variety of other items.
Trixy is passionate about shopping locally. “Our community is small, and we have so much talent and passion in our area. It's important to shop locally because we want to see our fellow neighbors succeed in things they feel so passionate about and love to do. Our community is truly amazing.”
Be sure and bring the kids by Santa’s workshop which includes pictures with Santa, letters to Santa, a reindeer food station, elf station, and picture prop areas. There is also a Winter Wonderland for kids to enjoy while parents shop and includes a jump house and various craft stations!
Over fifty door prizes will be up for grabs with a value of $25 each, which have been generously donated by vendors and community.
“Every person that enters my market with their $3 entry donation (16 and older) will receive a ticket for a chance to win a door prize. Door prizes are awarded to winners throughout the day. Children 15 and under are free to enter,” said Boudreaux.
“Our community has been so supportive to our events even in our economic downfall. It truly shows the character of the people in our community, and my husband Chad and I are forever grateful to everyone who supports our events in every way. God Bless everyone,” Trixy stated.
Boudreaux would like to give a special thanks to her husband Chad for supporting her vision and helping make this event a success. “We are a wonderful team,” added Boudreaux.
HMJM will open to the public on Sunday, December 9th at 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Joe’s Septic Contractors located at 15360 Hwy. 3235 in Cut Off. Gate fee for anyone aged sixteen and older is $3. The Kid Zone for ages five to fifteen years of age is $5 and includes all activities. Pictures with Santa provided by Salina Photography with a nominal fee of $3 each or two for $5 from 11 a.m. till 2 p.m. Concession items will be available for purchase along with jambalaya and grillades plate lunches.
All proceeds from vendor registrations, gate fees, kid zone, and concessions will be donated to Give Kids the World and the Center for Pediatric Therapy Scholarship Fund.
For more information, readers can email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Trixy at 985-696-7060.
Posted on Fri, December 7, 2018
by Holly McKeon, Contributing Writer