Janey Smith remembers a young boy approaching her during a past Bayview Holiday Bazaar. He’d been given $5 to buy himself something, but instead wanted to find a gift for his great-grandmother. He’d seen an ornate bell for sale, and asked Smith about the cost. All he had was the $5, his great-grandfather told her. The boy walked away with the bell, wrapped and ready for his great-grandmother.

It’s a memory Smith said will always be with her, and it serves as an example of the intergenerational appeal of the annual bazaar, now in its sixth season.

Program committee chair Mary Body came up with the idea for a holiday bazaar, and residents quickly took ownership, Smith said. The event committee even kept it going while Bayview underwent a long $57 million renovation and reinvestment project.

Every year there are baked goods, handmade art, jewelry, decorations, freezer jams and various treasures to be found, with all of the proceeds going to a charity decided by the organizing committee.

This year’s Bayview Holiday Bazaar takes place 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the senior living community, 11 W. Aloha St.

“This year it’s for Medic One, because they’re here every day for our people,” said Betty Blakney, who is in her second year chairing the bazaar committee.

“Our medics, boy, we all know what they do,” Smith said. “Every community in the country.”

Blakney said last year’s bazaar raised $4,800 for the Queen Anne Food Bank.

A number of treasures that go up for sale come from new residents downsizing their belongings when they move to Bayview, Smith said. Whatever items their families don’t want, they can donate toward the bazaar. Everything gets put in storage, and is then priced just before the event.

The committee meets in April, and then monthly starting in the fall, Blakney said. The highly desired items are those made by the residents, so the committee works to find people to contribute.

“We have a big bakery, so we recruit bakers, and we have knitters and we have arts and crafts,” Blakney said.

There will be a variety of freezer jams available for purchase, and resident Bob Mitchell is pulling out his sourdough starter to whip up some homemade bread, Blakney said.

One resident’s daughter made her a fashionable bag that hangs over her walker, and has donated two for the bazaar.

“It shows that it’s becoming really involved with the residents’ families as well,” Smith said.

Residents at the senior living community also enjoy the transformation that takes place during the holiday bazaar.

“We have a professional decorator as a resident,” Blakney said.

“He’s from Hollywood,” added committee member Maggie Rimmer.

The Bayview Holiday Bazaar takes place before Thanksgiving, and the decorations will not be Christmas-themed, Blakney said.

“People offer where they feel their skill and abilities might be of need,” Smith said.

This will be the first year that the Bayview Intergenerational Child Care Center will participate, Smith said.

Helping to bring the bazaar together are the maintenance and wait staff, who receive a 20 percent discount at the event.

“That 20 percent is big,” Smith said. “It’s more than the tax at 10.”

Prices are fixed and won’t be lowered near the end of the bazaar. Whatever doesn’t sell will be divided between the University Congregational United Church of Christ — for its spring fundraising sale — and the Salvation Army.

Medic One Foundation representatives will later be invited to the senior living community to receive a check from Bayview CEO Nancy Weinbeck and the committee.