Instructor Angela Krawietz assists crafters during the Create for a Cause at the Port McNeill Baptist Church Saturday.

Instructor Angela Krawietz assists crafters during the Create for a Cause at the Port McNeill Baptist Church Saturday.

Causing a difference

Create for a Cause brought together enthusiastic paper crafters, scrapbookers, and card makers to raise money for the Gazette Hamper Fund.

PORT MCNEILL—Established and aspiring crafters alike were able to take part in a day-long crafting fundraiser last weekend.

The sixth Create for a Cause, which was hosted by the Port McNeill Baptist Church, ran from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and brought together enthusiastic paper crafters, scrapbookers, and card makers to raise money for the Gazette Hamper Fund.

For a registration fee and a donation, crafters could take part in classes, kits, and assorted challenges, or bring their own projects to work on. The event offered goodie bags and door prizes all day, as well as light snacks and beverages.

It also featured a silent auction and loonie auction with donated prizes. All funds went towards the Hamper Fund.

One of the event organizers, Lauren Martineau, said the goal of Create for a Cause was to establish a social time for crafters. “People can dedicate a whole day to crafting,” she said. “We thought if we could match up our crafting with a North Island Cause, that would be awesome.”

Organizers from Port Alice, Port Hardy, and Port McNeill teamed up with the Port Hardy and Port McNeill Baptist churches to organize the fundraiser. “It’s really an all-North Island event,” said Martineau.

Create for a Cause has so far raised about $1,900 for the Hamper Fund, and delivered multiple boxes and bags of non-perishable food and toy donations.