LIMA — Shawnee Alliance Church will be hosting several vendors from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, not only giving these salespeople a chance to show off their wares, but also to help a family facing steep medical expenses.
“Brendan Daily was a perfectly healthy 20-year-old six weeks ago, going to college and working at Happy Daz,” Tabby Casady, the event’s organizer, said. “Then he called his mom and said he didn’t feel well. She picked him up and took him to the hospital and it turned out he was having a brain bleed. They had to remove part of his skull to relieve the pressure and put him in a medically-induced coma, which he didn’t come out of on his own. Now he’s developed secondary issues, and he’s still in the ICU.”
Casady is a nutritionist with Allen County WIC, and she, along with everyone else in that office, has a personal connection to Daily.
“His mom used to work with us and she’s now off on disability,” Casady said. “She’s just the sweetest thing ever. And his step-mom is the principal at Elmwood School in Shawnee. He’s just a really great kid and this is just a crazy, bizarre thing.”
Casady emphasized that not only will shoppers be helping a family in need, but they will also have a wide variety of vendors to choose from.
“As of now, we have over 23 vendors that will be there. I have craft vendors, people with Essential Oils, we’ll have regular vendors like Thirty-One and Scentsy, a bake sale, everything you need for last-minute holiday shopping.”
While all money earned by the vendors stays with the vendors, there will be plenty of chances for people to donate to the Daily family during the event.
“We’ll do a Chinese raffle for prizes that vendors are donating,” she said. “For some higher priced items, we’ll do a silent auction. All the vendors are paying $15 to set up, so all of that money plus all donations will be going to the family. We’ll have gift wrapping and if people want to donate for that, they can.”
While many of those gathered in the church’s activity center Saturday will be there to find a great deal, everyone involved will have the Daily family on their minds, hoping to give them a hand up during a very difficult time.
“We just want to show them love,” she said.