The Gallatin Rest Home is hosting its annual holiday bazaar complete with baked goods, handmade crafts, a silent auction and raffle prizes.

The event at 1221 W. Durston Road will run Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Gallatin Rest Home Auxiliary has held the event for decades as a way to raise money for events such as bringing in musicians for residents, maintaining the facilities’ courtyard and taking care of the birds that sit in an aviary in the main entryway.

“We’re working to make residents’ lives a little more pleasant,” said Billie Downs, an auxiliary member.

Each year, the holiday event brings in about $3,000 to $4,000. Auxiliary members, who have spent significant time baking, decorating and making crafts, hope to bring in the same amount or more this year.

The auxiliary group now has about 15 members but is always looking for more, so it can continue to raise money and support the Rest Home and its residents.

In recent years, the Gallatin Rest Home has struggled financially. Over the last few years, the county commissioners have given the Rest Home more and more money and are contemplating asking voters for a mill levy to provide an ongoing funding source for the facility.

“Although our work isn’t related to the administration, the financial situation shows the importance of what we do,” said Mary Keck, an auxiliary member. “This event and the money it brings in help us make the Rest Home like home for the residents.”

Perrin Stein can be reached at pstein@dailychronicle.com or at 582-2648.

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