GREAT BARRINGTON -- A last-minute scramble is underway to replace stolen handmade crafts that were to be sold at Rudolf Steiner School's largest annual fundraiser on Nov. 9.
The crafts were estimated to raise $500 to $600 at the 41st annual Holiday Handcraft Fair, according to school employee Krista Palmer, who led parents in making the goods. The stolen items include hand-sewn Waldorf dolls, embroidered baby booties, felt scarves and other knitted items.
"I am heartbroken, because I asked [the volunteers to help] in the first place," Palmer said.
The crafts were inside of Palmer's red 2004 Toyota Corolla, which was stolen from her driveway sometime between Saturday evening and Sunday morning. School parents had been making the crafts since the spring, Palmer said.
The fundraising supports programming at the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School, which serves students from pre-K to eighth grade. The fair is celebrated with puppet shows, hayrides, a silent auction and community-produced items are sold.
The fair will run as scheduled after parents have mobilized to restock stolen supplies, but school officials are asking the community to keep an open eye for the material. A $1,000 reward is being offered for anyone who recovers the car and supplies.
"It's a year's worth of work from the moms who sit and sew to create things for this handcraft room," said Robyn Coe, who serves as the spokeswoman for the school.
Since Monday, parents have been rushing to help pull off the event.
"It could have been devastating, and everyone was very upset ... To have [everything] disappear in one fell swoop is heartbreaking," Coe said. "Our community has doubled down. Everyone will be working for the next three weeks to make sure it's the best fair ever."
Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call the Great Barrington Police Department at (413) 528-030.
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If you go ...
What: 41st annual Holiday Handcraft Fair, including puppet show, hayrides and a silent auction.
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9
Where: Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School, 35 West Plain Road, Great Barrington.
On the Web: visit www.gbrss.org