Last year, the Vendor and Craft Fair at Everett Meredith Middle School raised more than $7,000 to fund everything from field trips and award ceremonies to school supplies. This year, they hope to raise even more.

The Everett Meredith Middle School PTA will host its 3rd Annual Vendor and Craft Fair all day Saturday.  PTA President Joy Brennan said that the planning committee starts working on the event in August before the new school year even begins.

“A lot of work goes into this,” she said. “Some of us, including myself, take days off from work just so this event can happen. Not that we’re complaining. We love doing it.”

This year, the event will feature more than 70 merchants, retailers, business owners and crafters who will be selling everything from Pampered Chef  and 31 Gifts to handmade crafts and themed baskets. Discount haircuts, a massage therapist and a bra fitter will be available throughout the day as well.

Hoping to entertain customers, demonstrations from Jazzercise, Snap Fitness and a police K-9 unit are scheduled, too.

“Air Methods Helicopter will land in the back,” she added, while talking about the days demonstrations. “They are affiliated with Christiana Hospital and the kids will get to climb inside and take a look.”

Last year, the event raised $7,200 but Brennan is hopeful that this year’s fundraiser will surpass that amount. Admission to the event is free but much of the proceeds from refreshments, merchandise, face-painting and raffles are given directly to the school.

“The funds raised support school trips, Special Olympics, teacher appreciation events, dances and student awards,” she said. “If we don’t fund it, the district won’t be able to and the kids will go without. The kids need not feel that they have to suffer due to lack of funding.”

She added that everyone in the community can help and that it takes very little money to make a difference.

“All I ask is for involvement and help,” she said. “Just by visiting the event, buying a hot dog or a raffle ticket, you are helping. Every little bit really does go a long way.”