“By moving it to July, we hope people will not be as busy, and maybe want to do some early Christmas shopping.”

Mt. Hope Sanctuary is bringing Christmas early this year, and is looking for vendors to help.

The sanctuary will have a Christmas in July fundraiser on July 15. The event will raise funds to support Mt. Hope’s activities, while also giving local vendors a chance in the spotlight.

“We’ve had a benefit fair before, around Christmas, but we found people were just really busy, and it didn’t work very well,” said Julie Holloway, director of Mt. Hope Sanctuary. “By moving it to July, we hope people will not be as busy, and maybe want to do some early Christmas shopping.”

The event is scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Well, 101 N. Main St., McPherson. The sanctuary is looking for vendors to come out and support the event.

“The Well is a more central location, and we’re hoping that will work out better for the community,” Holloway said. “Vendors can all come to one easy place, so people can come see what they have to offer.”

The cost to set up a vendor booth is $40. However, vendors who donate an item to Mt. Hope Sanctuary’s raffle can get a special rate of $30. Those fees will go to Mt. Hope, and vendors will keep whatever proceeds they make during the event.

In addition, vendors will be listed by name in event advertising, including on Facebook.

“Shop the Night Away is the night before, so we’ll have a table set up by The Well, and people can stop by and get a free raffle ticket,” Holloway said. “Tickets will be sold during the event, too, and that money will also support Mt. Hope.”

Mt. Hope Sanctuary provides transitional housing for women and children. Holloway said people have come from as far away as Oklahoma, Colorado and even New York state while they get themselves back on their feet.

“People find themselves homeless for many reasons — poverty, abandonment, addiction, anything,” Holloway said. “I feel this event is a win-win for vendors. They help Mt. Hope, and also get their name out there.”

For more information or to register as a vendor, contact Holloway at 620-241-1993.