Area shoppers got the chance to buy from local vendors while giving back Sunday afternoon.
Mended Little Hearts of the Sioux Empire held the 2nd annual Shopping with Heart Vendor Fair, where 20 vendors were selling a variety of items at the Museum of Visual Materials.
The event raised money for children with congenital heart defects.
The organization currently helps 60 families in the area.
But nationally, 1 in 110 babies are born with a heart defect.
The organization Chairperson has a 2-year-old with a heart defect herself, and says it can be draining emotionally and financially.
"A year ago, he wasn't sitting on his own, he wasn't walking, he wasn't talking, we've had over 20 diagnoses with my son and many of occasions where we heard he probably won't make it,” says Aubrey Byrnes. “But this group has been here to say keep fighting, you're going to do it.”
Now, the mom says her son is walking, and talking just like a normal 2-year-old.
This is only one event the organization holds year-round.
"With the money raised at this event, Mended Little Hearts of the Sioux Empire will help families attend local events, make bravery bags (items that help get through the long hospital stays) and fund our seminars."