Peddler’s Fair
Wendy Mills
Staff Reporter
December 2000

December is a time when families gather together to celebrate the holiday season, exchange gifts, indulge in rich foods and share memories.

It is also a time of suffering, sadness and loss for thousands of people nationwide. There are thousands of people who are out of work, homeless or barely making ends meet from paycheck to paycheck. Many families live in shelters or are totally dependent on local organizations to provide their every day needs.

While some of the local organizations receive government subsidiaries, most are privately ran and rely mainly on money and equipment donated by sponsors in the community.

Since 1990 The Modesto Bee has ran an annual insert called “A Book of Dreams”. “ A Book of Dreams” lists the specific needs of local families and community organizations. That same year, Modesto Bee employees began to hold internal fund-raising events like pancake breakfasts’, pasts and poinsettia sales to raise money to donate to these organizations.

“This year they decided to host an external event as well. On Saturday, December 6, they held a Peddler’s Fair in their parking lot on 14th street. The event included a variety of arts, crafts, collectibles, foods and entertainment.