Wintersville Catholic Parishes of Blessed Sacrament and Our Lady of Lourdes Churches are holding their fifth-annual St. Vincent DePaul Valentine's Extravaganza on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. at the Blessed Sacrament Social Hall, Sargus Hall, 852 Main St., Wintersville.
"It's just in time to buy that special gift for Valentine's Day and help support St. Vincent DePaul, feeding the poor," said Elane Renzelli, society director.
The event offers a unique opportunity for the community to support the local craftspeople as well as St. Vincent DePaul, Renzelli said.
Items available include jewelry, Longaberger baskets, handmade quilts, baked goods, crafters, candles, jelly and handmade soap.
A harpist is scheduled to play for the event.
The extravaganza is the only fundraiser held annually for the society which operates a food pantry and distributes free food to qualified households in the Wintersville and Bloomingdale areas.
The event consists of local artisans with a variety of items. Many vendors will have samplings, and each will hold a drawing for his or her own custom products with all items available for sale to festival guests.
Linda Freed and Debra Latynski are event coordinators.
For information, contact Freed by phone at (740) 264-6539 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Last year was our fourth extravaganza, and it was highly successful," Renzelli said.
"The money raised helped purchase food for the 150 plus persons we feed monthly. In 2013, we distributed more than 25,000 well-balanced meals packed by our volunteers," she explained.
The society also provides Easter food baskets and candy; Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets; and children's' Christmas gifts. St. Vincent DePaul information is available by calling (740) 264-9547.