Fall weekends are filled with festivals and markets leading up to the holiday season, but this one will surely stand out.
On Saturday, Nov. 16, the nonprofit Something So Worth It will host its first annual All Abilities Marketplace at Desert Springs Bible Church, 16215 N. Tatum Blvd. in Phoenix. All vendors will be children with disabilities.
The family event was created to feature kids with disabilities in a positive way and promote inclusivity, according to Something So Worth It founder Allison Lefebvre of Phoenix.
Lefebvre’s family was featured in a September cover story for Raising Arizona Kids magazine. She and her husband, Bryce, have three sons, two of whom have a rare form of spina bifida and require round-the-clock, in-home nursing support.
She started the nonprofit to empower children with permanent disabilities and their families by providing hope, connection, inclusion and education. Central to the organization’s outreach are “sunshine gift boxes” provided to parents who face difficult diagnoses during pregnancy. Lefebvre says the gift boxes offer “a little ray of sunshine when they’re in a dark spot” and begin the process of connecting families to resources and support.
The All Abilities Marketplace takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is free to the public. The event features food trucks, a special musical performance and, of course, a chance to do some holiday shopping.
Openings for vendors, volunteers and sponsors were still available as of press time. For more information, visit somethingsoworthit.org/marketplace