To the Editor:
Although the Christmas craft sale this year can be considered a success, the amount that we are able to donate each year is chipped away by additional costs including the costs of renting the field house, the front area and next year the running track.
In addition, SLAEC had changed the rules of the Annual Craft Sale to limit home-based businesses to one of a type. We lost vendors over the change in this rule. As well, individual vendors are offering their own craft sale at the same time or close to ours which reduces our shoppers and vendors, hurting our efforts to raise money for this long-standing charity event. Next year, we will return to our previous guidelines to allow any vendor to join.
We urge our community to recognize that this is a charity event which benefits many in our town. This year, the Ukrainian Dance Troupe and the Cadets benefited as well as Slave Lake’s Santas Anonymous and Food Bank and SLAEC’s literacy program recipients.
It is our sincere hope that next year vendors and shoppers will rejoin us for this much needed charity event in our town.
We thank everyone for this year’s participation!
Karen Plourde and Donna Twin
Slave Lake Adult Education Committee