Donors bring home the gingerbread

Surrey-based SOS Children’s Village B.C. raises $65,000 on Grouse Mountain over the holidays.

  • Jan. 17, 2017 5:00 a.m.

SOS Children’s Village B.C. has announced that $65,000 was raised over the holiday season through the SOS Children’s Gingerbread Village presented by RE/MAX and the Holiday Gala premiere at Grouse Mountain.

The total raised includes a record amount donated by the public to take photos with Santa at his mountaintop workshop.

Proceeds from this event support SOS B.C.’s high-demand neurofeedback therapy, counselling, educational, musical, cultural, and transition to adulthood programs for children and youth in foster care (as well as youth who have aged out of care).

Grouse Mountain has been a dedicated partner of SOS Children’s Village B.C. since 2005, providing valuable support through its annual Peak of Christmas celebration.

The SOS Children’s Gingerbread Village has become a holiday favourite with both Metro Vancouver residents and tourists visiting from abroad.

Grouse Mountain donates all funds from photos with Santa to SOS B.C. each year.

“The Peak of Christmas was bustling with visitors this past holiday season, no doubt due to the plentiful snow and magnificent decorations up at Grouse Mountain,” said Douglas Dunn, executive director of the Surrey-based charity.

“We at SOS Children’s Village B.C. are thrilled with the increase in donations from the public through photos with Santa. More and more people are opening their hearts and making a visit to the SOS Children’s Gingerbread Village part of their annual holiday traditions.”

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