The Salvation Army Corps in Springfield is hosting a special fund-raising event for women this Saturday called the Red Kettle Shop & Shine.
The Shop and Shine is an event designed to bring attention to women run businesses and start-ups.
Anita Albert Watson, captain of the Springfield Salvation Army, helped create the event with the goal of promoting business for women. Vendors and businesses will be available to discuss what it takes for a women to go into business, start a part-time business, or earn extra income, all while raising funds for the Salvation army.
“We really believe that entrepreneurship and business can provide a pathway out of poverty so we created the Shop & Shine to create a space for the community to rally around women who are taking ownership and initiative over their financial future,” said Watson.
Vendors invited to the show include representatives from Mary Kay, It Works, Paparazzi, doTerra, The Painted Pepper, Color Street, and LuLaRoe.
Proceeds from donated gift items, vendor fees, a raffled gift basket and a Staycation from Marriott will go back to the Salvation Army as part of the fundraiser.
One vendor said she’s looking forward to networking with other women about business.
“It is so important to find what you are worth because it feels great. You feel like you are on top of the world once you know that you can do it, ” Lacey Madison, self-employed Mary Kay representative from Springfield, said.
Another vendor likes the idea of women pursuing their own businesses.
“I love it because this is helping individuals to come out of poverty. A lot of times, we live paycheck to paycheck, but this job helped me not live paycheck to paycheck,” said Dawn Ferryman from It Works, a natural and plant-based product distributor.
“Let’s get women to talk to other vendors and not only start their businesses, but to come out and enjoy everything,” said Ferryman.
The Red Kettle Shop and Shine will be held at the Springfield Salvation Army from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.