Mark your diaries as the AILO Christmas Bazaar returns to the Tepidarium in the Giardino dell’Orticoltura this year on November 30 (3-6pm) and December 1 (10am-6pm).
Expect vintage clothes, books in Italian and English, handmade objects and Christmas decorations, plus the lottery and a silent auction where you can bid for prizes from city stores, top wineries and restaurants. There’ll also be the usual international treats, such as the famous AILO brownies and other delicious cakes.
The American International League of Florence is an association of volunteers whose purpose is to raise funds with which to finance specific projects for non-profit organisations in Florence and the province of Florence. Launched in 1975, over the years AILO has funded numerous projects submitted by worthy charities that care for the needy, sick children, the mentally challenged and for women in difficulty.
Funding raised through last year’s Christmas Bazaar went to the following charities: AIL Firenze, Amici del Pronto Soccorso in Empoli, APES, Caritas Mensa di Via Baracca, Cooperativa Sociale Le Rose, Il Caniglio, Misericordia di San Casciano, Orizzonti Casa Insuperabili, Piccola Betania and Un Tempio per La Pace. This is the list of the funding request from the Bazaar 2019: Banco Alimentare della Toscana, Centro La Pira, Cerchio Blu Protezione Civile, ADA Assistenza Domiciliare Anziani, AISM Firenze, AMA Cat Shelter, Conoscere – Associazione di Volontariato, Federanziani Toscana, The Italian Iris Society, Istituto Piccole Sorelle dei Poveri.