Hundreds gathered for a good cause at Dothan’s Jingle Bell Market

By shopping at the market, event organizers say that you’re making a big difference.
Published: Oct. 29, 2022 at 7:04 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 1, 2022 at 5:11 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Last weekend, vendors packed into the Dothan Civic Center to help raise money for a good cause.

Booths were stocked with hand-crafted holiday gifts and goodies with many of the items made by people right here in the Wiregrass.

The Jingle Bell Market is a unique experience that connects shoppers to local artisans that want to help out their community members that need a helping hand.

Everyone that was able to participate as a vendor or as a shopper made a big difference, say event organizers.

The money raised from the Jingle Bell Market goes toward the Dayspring Hospice Foundation, which provides food, medical supplies, and financial assistance to families who have a loved one undergoing end-of-life care.

Donna Hendricks, founder and executive director of DHF, said it’s always been her dream to have a foundation that comforts families during such a difficult time. The help they are able to provide, allows families to find some comfort in their times of need.

Erin Stevens, a 15 year veteran in hospice care who works with the Dayspring Hospice Foundation, told us the impact of this event is really incredible. Raising money from events like these gives them the ability to jump into action when a need comes up for local families.

Erin also points out that they are the only local hospice agency in the area which means they have a large number of patients and families that need their help. The Jingle Bell Market is just one of many events that the hospice group puts on during the year to help raise funds.

Donna Hendricks tells us they rely on donations from sponsors, events, and community members that want to make a difference in the lives of their fellow citizens.

If you would like to donate or learn how you can volunteer with events hosted by the Dayspring Hospice Foundation, visit their website or contact them at 334-347-2999.

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