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Giving spirit alive and well at CTMHV Christmas fair

by Kyle Reid

The Canadian Transportation Museum & Heritage Village (CTMHV) was packed full of vendors and shoppers last weekend as staff and volunteers hosted the annual Christmas Craft Show.

It was the perfect opportunity for shoppers to find one-of-a-kind treasures for their loved ones as the holiday shopping season kicked into full swing. Unique jewellery items, knitwear, ornaments, baked goods, and more awaited the eager shoppers inside.

And while the craft show offered vendors an opportunity to hawk their interesting handmade products, you didn’t have to look too far to find some who were in the giving spirit.

10-year-old Jack Laliberte set up shop inside the Museum to showcase his business, Captain Spaghetti Beard Inc., and his collection of homemade cat and dog treats. Laliberte proudly announced to passing by shoppers perusing his wares that he would be donating half of all proceeds to the Regional Children’s Centre in Windsor.

“It feels great knowing that I’m helping out other kids,” Laliberte said. “It just makes me feel so awesome.”

Laliberte said he enjoys being able to help in the community and is more than happy to donate a portion of profits. The Amherstburg Public School student started his business about a year ago, and normally donates a portion of his proceeds to Windsor-Essex Humane Society, but this year “decided to do something different.”

Both Laliberte and the Regional Children’s Centre surely benefitted from the large crowd of shoppers at the CTMHV. With the exit of the Vimy exhibit, the museum was able to house extra vendor booths this year to accommodate a bigger crowd. 75 vendors in total set up shop in what is likely the biggest fair the museum will ever host, Emily Atkinson said, who is the museum’s Media and Events Coordinator.

Last year’s event raised $1,200 for the museum and Atkinson said that with the additional vendors, they were on track to beat that total. Funds raised through the event will a benefit the museum’s Children’s Education Program, which gives hundreds of area youth interactive history lessons each year. 

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