Boys and Girls Club recruiting gingerbread builders, teddy bear decorators

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas — at least at the Boys and Girls Club.

PLANET KIDS DONATED 20 bears for the Odlum Brown Gingerbread Village with Bears at Crown Isle.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas — at least at the Boys and Girls Club.

The club is looking forward to the 11th anniversary of the Odlum Brown Gingerbread Village with Bears that will happen in the gorgeous lobby of the Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community. The event won’t take place until December but the club is recruiting

gingerbread builders and teddy bear decorators now.

You can get involved in two ways. First, get your team together and build the house of your dreams — gingerbread house, that is. Purchase your building lot (cost varies by size) and then get out the

baking pans (or the gingerbread kit), the flavoured gumdrops and the icing sugar. Create a house to be auctioned.

Bragging rights are on the table, so challenge your friends or even your children — the houses will be judged and there are different

categories — something for everyone!

Not a baker? You might choose to buy a bear, generously donated by Planet Kids, and suit him up for the teddy bear auction. Businesses and individuals can purchase a teddy bear for $25

and outfit him or her with a donation package tailored towards the outfit.

You could design a ski bear and attach real skis and lift tickets or you could create an art bear with real paint brushes and lesson gift certificates. Use your imagination to create the bear of your dreams.

Bears and houses need to be completed by Nov. 30 and will be on display to the public starting Dec. 2. Last year, hundreds of people attended and helped to raise over $8,000.

This year, the club has a goal of raising $10,000 to support local programming in the Comox Valley.

For more information or to get involved in this amazing event, contact the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island in Comox.

You can call 250-338-7582 or visit

— Boys and Girls Club

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