Making a difference

‘Shopping for Change’ event lends helping hand to Haven House

The Christmas shopping season started early for some folks who opted to spend Oct. 24 “Shopping for Change” at First Baptist Church of Maryville.

The event benefitted Blount County’s domestic violence shelter Haven House. A fire in June damaged the kitchen at the Haven House facility in Maryville. The operation depends on a shoe-string budget and because of the financial burden from the damage, Haven House had to turn some clients away while remodeling the kitchen.

In addition to Shopping for Change, more than 20 businesses in the community have donated supplies, time and money to help with the kitchen remodeling.

For their fundraiser, Shopping for Change featured 25 to 30 vendors, all who donated a portion of their proceeds to Haven House. A small portion also went to the First Baptist Church of Maryville’s Mother of Preschoolers group. The event was from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 24 in the gym at First Baptist Church of Maryville.

The event also had plenty for youngsters with children’s activities and Santa Claus on hand for pictures. Vendors at the event included: Pampered Chef, Abbott House, Premier Designs High Fashion Jewelry, 31 Gifts with bags, totes and diaper bags, Scentcy wickless candles and scents, Gourds by Emily, Galloping Heart Designs, Memory Works scrapbooking supplies, Southern Living at Home, Gretchen’s Delectable’s custom-made cakes, Elorah Jewelry, Joyful Blessings crocheted items, May Kay cosmetics, Longerberger baskets, One Crafty Mama children’s items, Discovery Toys, Above and Beyond Photography, Color UR World tie-dyed clothing, Euro Kids Boutique, Remnant Ministries hand painted tiles, Uppercase Living stencils for the home, Avon and Haven House coffee.

Haven House is a nonprofit organization in Maryville that is dedicated to providing support to victims and survivors of domestic violence and education to the community with the hope of preventing future abuse. Haven House relies on charitable donations and grants and needs help more than ever to provide much needed support and shelter to desperate women and children.

To contact Haven House, call 865-982-1087. For more photographs, go to

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