Wichita West VFD raises needed funds at 38th annual Winter Craft Show

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Texomans were getting their hands on some great Christmas gifts this weekend, all while helping those who keep them safe.

This weekend marked year 38 for the Wichita West Volunteer Fire Department Winter Craft Show. About 130 vendors were selling their goods and products at the J.S. Bridwell Agricultural Center Saturday and Sunday.

The vendors booth fee, as well as donations from those attending the craft show, go to the fire department. The craft show is the department’s biggest fundraiser of the year. The department’s captain said he and his colleagues are grateful for the generosity.

“The people here have been absolutely wonderful. [They’re] very supportive of our cause. They’ve been very supportive of the vendors,” said Captain Michael Albert.

One of those vendors was Donna Darnell, who said this craft fair takes on special meaning for her.

“I have a nephew that’s a fireman. I love this one. I mean, it supports the firemen. It makes me feel good. It warms my heart,” said Darnell.

Captain Albert said the department expects to make around $15,000, which will help with operation and equipment costs.

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