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Dells High School to host holiday fair for area residents

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Volunteers sort food for the 1st annual Holiday Market in the auditorium of the original Wisconsin Dells High School in 2018.

Food for the holidays is often a big expense. The Happy Kids Network is once again looking to alleviate that issue.

The Wisconsin Dells-based nonprofit is operating its fourth annual Holiday Market today from noon to 6 p.m. at Wisconsin Dells High School. Families in the Wisconsin Dells School District are allowed to get food, cookware and other essentials for the holidays regardless of income or any other factors. All items will be free of charge.

“We will have over 100,000 pounds of food available,” said Autumn Giddings, Vice President of Happy Kids Network. “A lot of it fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, meats and cheeses, things like that. Lots of canned goods to help folks get through the winter.”

Along with the different food items, the Holiday Market will also have kitchen goods. Air fryers, slow cookers, griddles, skillets, pots and pans and other tools will be available for families.

Blankets and other bedding will also be at the event. Families can also get toiletries and cleaning products.

“As much as your family can use, we are going to send home with you,” said Giddings.

Happy Kids Network runs a free market for Dells schoolchildren from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on all weekdays except Wednesdays. The market is funded through a grant from Second Harvest in Wisconsin, which is also funding much of the food for the Holiday Market.

All other items at the event are available because of various grants and private donations from community residents. The charity utilized these funds on Black Friday and Cyber Monday this year to get many of the products. Walmart also partnered with Happy Kids Network to provide a low price on 800 fleece blankets.

“It’s a very community-oriented situation,” said Giddings.

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