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Craft Fair to Benefit Program for Teen Parents

A craft fair to benefit the Program for Teen Parents, a program sponsored by the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board, will be held Saturday, Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. At Riverbend High School in Spotsylvania.

The fair is hosted by YoungLives, a branch of the ministry of Young Life that mentors and supports teen moms in the Fredericksburg area.

Admission is free.

All proceeds from the fair benefit the Childcare Assistance Fund, which enables teen parents to complete high school by supplementing the cost of daycare.

Last year, a dozen students benefited from the Childcare Assistance Fund.

For almost 20 years, the Program for Teen Parents has provided school, home-based education and support for pregnant and parenting teenagers in Spotsylvania County.

Their mission is to facilitate healthier pregnancies, healthier babies, and nurturing relationships between parent and child. The program assists teens prior to the birth of their child and offers continued support until the child is three years old. Parent Educators offer educational groups, infant massage classes, and Lamaze classes. There is no charge for the programs.

A total of 81 teen parents from Spotsylvania County benefited from the Program for Teen Parents in fiscal year 2012

According to Parent Educator, Joan Gillis in a press release from the RACSB, “The community support for our annual fall craft fair has been wonderful. We are happy to have many returning, high-quality vendors.”

Participating vendors include Arbonne; Baby-bug Boutique; B & B Crafts; BCL Treasures; Boa’s by Lisa; Calico & Ribbons; Corse Crafts; E3 Kids International; In Stitches Embroidery; Irish Mom Creations; Karen’s Kitchen; Longaberger Baskets; Miche Bags; Moon Light Creations; Peacock Glass; Quilts by Krista; Rappahannock Adult Activities; Relax with Wicks/Mia Bella Candles; Scentsy; Scrappe Totes & More; Silpada; Stitch Sense Designs; Tastefully Simple; Thirty-One Gifts; This and That Gifts; Vantel Pearls in the Oyster; Vickie’s Crafts and Things; and West Wind Alpacas.

An updated list is available at



For craft fair registration information, contact Karey Spears (540-846-6490

To learn more about how you can support the Program for Teen Parents, please contact Joan Gillis (540-374-3337 or

YoungLives meets Mondays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Grace Church of Fredericksburg. Dinner and childcare are provided. For more information, please contact Megan McCormack or 540-318-5324 or 757-613-8705.