Shop for a Cause: Festival of Hope to Benefit The Bridge

FREMONT — Thanksgiving weekend is a favorite time to break out those holiday decorations and begin the transition from fall to winter in your home decor. If you’re in the market for some new items, The Bridge’s annual Festival of Hope will give you the opportunity to buy those decorations while benefiting a great cause at the same time.

From November 27th through December 8th,  holiday shoppers can support survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault while purchasing holiday gifts and decorations through The Bridge’s annual Festival of Hope. Decorated trees, wreaths, centerpieces and holiday decorations will be on display at Abe Krasne Home Furnishings Store and Casual Lifestyles on Main Street in Fremont.

If you see an item you like, you can bid on it through the event’s online auction. (CLICK HERE to see the auction page) In addition to the holiday decor, the Festival of Hope will also include additional silent auction items like a one-week getaway at a cabin in Estes Park, a custom crafted rocking chair valued at $5,000 and season tickets to Creighton baseball at TD Ameritrade Park.

As executive director Suzanne Smith explained, “We wanted to make it easier for supporters in all five of our counties to do some holiday shopping while helping build violence-free communities.” All proceeds from the auctions will support direct services.

The Bridge’s mission is to provide services for individuals and families who experience domestic abuse, dating violence, and sexual assault in five Nebraska counties – Burt, Coming, Dodge, Saunders and Washington. The Bridge is the only domestic violence/sexual assault program serving this area. The Bridge’s main office in Fremont and its outreach offices in Blair and West Point offer emergency confidential shelter, a 24-hour crisis line (1-888-721-4340), support and education groups, and youth prevention programming.