This Weekend’s ‘Neighborhood Noel’ To Benefit Crisis Connection

c_v_logo_small_250Jasper (Local Sources) – You can’t buy happiness but you can support a great cause while shopping local … and that’s kind of the same thing!

This Saturday, November 5, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. EDT, some truly generous individuals led by Lori Wigand and Jen Tolbert of Jasper are hosting Neighborhood Noel at Jasper Engines and Transmissions West, located at 911 Division Road in Jasper.

What, you may wonder, is Neighborhood Noel? It is a gathering of over 20 vendors who will offer all sorts of magnificent merchandise under one roof.

This is Christmas Shopping 101 — made especially easy by having a huge selection of everything imaginable in one handy place for ordering. Some booths will have “grab and go” items as well and if desired, attendees can even book a party.

Who benefits?

Crisis Connection, Inc. See just a small snippet of what this local organization does for the victims of domestic and sexual abuse and their families, at the end of this article.

“We are suggesting a $5 donation as an entrance fee,” noted Wigand. This will get the attendee five raffle tickets. “Most of our vendors are donating items for the raffle. In addition to the vendor items, we have Beats headphones, a HUGE Frozen castle, kid baskets, and a fall basket, just to name a few,” added Wigand. “All profits from the raffle will benefit Crisis Connection.” Additional raffle tickets can be purchased for $1 apiece or 12 for $10 or 25 for $20.

If anyone would like to donate to the raffle contact Lori Wigand at 812-639-1373.

In the event shopping makes a person hungry, have no fears, snacks will be available.

Wigand also mentioned, “We will have a ‘Wish List’ so as you go around to each booth, you can make your Christmas Wish List. Go home, give it to your significant other. It will have all the contact information. Or get something you want for Christmas and take all the guess work away for your buyer.”

Vendors include:

doTERRA – wellness products made with essential oils It Works – health and nutrition, greens, energy drinks and wraps

JH Design – custom invitations, baby announcements and other custom pieces

Juice Plus – whole food based nutrition

KEEP Collective – personalized jewelry to tell your story

Le-Vel – 8 week premium lifestyle plan to help individuals experience and reach peak physical and mental levels

LulaRoe – clothing for women and girls, sizes 2T-22/24

Muddy Pearl – unique items such as kitchen essentials, jewelry, paintings and so much more.

Nerium – healthy skin, mind and body products Noonday – handmade jewelry and accessories created by people from developing countries

Norwex – products to help turn your home into a safe haven by radically reducing chemicals in your environment

Pampered Chef – kitchen tools and food products

Pure Haven – full line of nontoxic products for the whole family from skincare, body, hair, makeup, and more

Rodan + Fields – Premium skincare Scentsy – candles and scents Stella & Dot – jewelry and accessories

Tastefully Simple – spices, mixes for beer bread, drinks, cheeseballs and more

Thirty-One – purses, totes, home décor, accessories and organizing products

Trades of Hope – Fair trade products such as jewelry, handbags, home decor, soap, journal and scarves from 16 countries

Usborne Books – children’s books Young Living – essential oils

Tupperware – Tupperware products for the home

Wibbly Wobbly Crafts – hand crafted toys, bags and blankets (custom orders too)


Crisis Connection Inc.’s Direct Client Services

  • 24-Hour Hotline; crisis intervention/counseling; follow-up contact; safety planning.
  • Assistance with filing protective orders; victim impact statements; victim notification rights; address confidentiality; information and assistance with violent crime compensation forms; and safe housing options.
  • Access to regional shelters; limited emergency transportation; support groups; and access to a Sexual Assault Response Team that includes an exam performed by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE).
  • Personal advocacy; law enforcement advocacy; medical advocacy; legal/court advocacy including support at hearings, interviews. Trials, information about the criminal justice process, and information regarding case and/or arrest status via the prosecutor.
  • Provide information/referral for food; rent assistance; back-to-school supplies; services to the deaf; emergency translation services; pet care programs as appropriate.
  • Provide client-specific handbook; 911 phones; personal care items; household supplies; and other victim assistance services as needed.
  • All direct services provided to clients are confidential.


Educational Services

  • Batterer’s Intervention Program for men and Domestic Abuse Intervention Program for women who are violent.
  • Primary Prevention Practices – commitment to change the social conditions that tolerate or encourage domestic violence and sexual assault.
  • School Curriculum (age-specific) on topics including but not limited to: Anti-Bullying, Healthy Relationships, Teen Dating Violence, Child Abuse, Sexual Harassment, Technology Safety, Sexual Assault, Tolerance/Diversity, Predatory Drugs, Personal Safety, and Media Literacy.
  • Speakers/resources available for youth-serving organizations, clubs, faith communities, parents, and other community entities.
  • Professional resources for educators, criminal justice, law enforcement, social service providers, human resource personnel, medical/mental health providers, colleges and other interested professionals.
  • Natural Helpers Peer-Helping Program facilitation.
  • Coaching Boys into Men Program.





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