Jingle Bell Build brings in bucks
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jan 05, 2023 - Get Involved

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It didn’t quite reach its goal, but Habitat for Humanity Okanagan still raised more than $17,000 during its second annual Jingle Bell Build last month.

The group set out to raise $30,000 this year, but supply chain issues caused the fundraiser to start later. The money will go towards Habitat’s current Lake Country project that will build 12 affordable homes.

“We’re thankful for the generosity of our community, and passion of our cause partners in reaching this achievement,” Habitat for Humanity Okanagan CEO Andrea Manifold said in a press release. “They have not only helped us raise $17,000-plus dollars, but they have helped to ensure more families in need have a safe, decent, affordable place to call home.”

The Jingle Bell Build is a gingerbread house building competition. People bought kits for $25, built their best gingerbread house and submitted pictures of their creations.

Winners were declared in several categories through online voting and a panel of judges. The Ivans won the family/individual category, while Cohesion Land Design captured the team event. The Bowolin family, meanwhile, was the people’s choice winner.

Re/Max Kelowna was the presenting sponsor, and other supporters were Acorn Homes, Emil Anderson, CHBA-Central Okanagan, Westwood  Cabinets, Norelco Cabinets, Interior Savings, Domino’s Pizza and Cowan Insurance.

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