By Lindsay Starr Platt, The Belton Journal
Saturday morning the bay of the volunteer fire department in Morgan’s Point Resort was turned into a bazaar at the annual Auxiliary B4 Fundraiser. Fifteen vendors had booths and tables set up for attendees to get some early Christmas shopping done. The craft sale has been a fundraiser for the last 20 years and vendors were added to the event two years ago.
“I donated jewelry to the sale. I do it as a hobby, not as a business. I love helping the fire department and the auxiliary, there are a lot of nice people,” said Rita Baker, vendor. “I have been an auxiliary member since 2001, and we do a lot of different things for the community.”
The Auxiliary hosted this event to raise money to help the MPR Fire, Rescue & EMS Services; and other community Related projects.
“This craft sale is great for us. These types of fundraisers help pay for equipment that is not funded by city funds,” commented John Phillips, chief, Morgan’s Point Resort Volunteer Fire Department. “Funds from these events helped pay for our gear extractor.”
After the craft sale the fire station once again was transformed for another event, the chili supper. The annual chili supper is an all-you-can-eat chili dinner with chili made by firemen at the firehouse.
“Fantastic! A very good crowd at the bazaar sale. In 35 minutes we went from bazaar to banquet hall. We surprised ourselves we got it done that quickly. Sales from the bazaar went to the Active Auxiliary and the chili sales went to the MPR Firefighter’s Association,” said Fred Churchill, candidate, Bell County Sheriff.
The annual chili supper benefitted Santa Pal and Blue Santa. For $7.00 a person attendees enjoyed chili, cornbread muffins, and tea. Desserts were available for purchase with a canned good donation.
“Morgan’s Point Firefighters Association put on this chili dinner. Fifty-five people came out tonight. 100% of the money goes to Santa Pal/Blue Santa. We get the families toys, Christmas meal food,” commented Phillips. “Our core mission is to fix people’s problems and the need now is Christmas.”
“Good food, good chili and good people,” remarked Ted Duffield, judge, Bell County. “The weather is really appropriate. Somebody ordered up cool weather, just for this chili dinner.”