YANA completes Christmas Cracker blitz

YANA (You Are Not Alone) has completed its annual Christmas Cracker workshop blitz.

MARK THE GOLD GUY (right) from Comox Valley Pawnbrokers donated the main prize — a white gold solitaire diamond ring worth $2

MARK THE GOLD GUY (right) from Comox Valley Pawnbrokers donated the main prize — a white gold solitaire diamond ring worth $2

YANA (You Are Not Alone) has completed its annual Christmas Cracker workshop blitz.

Due to the incredible response from the public, YANA was able to reach its goal of 5,000 crackers in record time, and even had to cancel the last two volunteer sessions because they finished early.

Christmas Crackers are now on sale in the Comox Valley.

There are 50 prizes in all, with the main prize a white gold solitaire diamond ring valued at $2,400. This is made possible through the generosity of Mark the Gold Guy from Comox Valley Pawnbrokers.

Once Mark chooses the ring, goldsmith Tim Haley of Simply Timeless appraises and sizes it for the lucky winner.

YANA thanks all those volunteers who stopped by for drop-in and group sessions, without whose help the goal could not have been reached.

Christmas Crackers cost $2.50 each and are sold at the following locations:

• Cumberland Credit Union;

• Seeds Food Market;

• Comox Credit Union;

• Comox Community Centre;

• Harbourview Dental;

• Otter’s Kitchen Cove;

• All Coastal Community Credit Unions in the Comox Valley;

• ‘Beyond’ the Kitchen Door;

• Blush Salon & Spa;

• Mosaic Eye Care;

• Driftwood Mall Christmas Tree display (starting Nov. 20).

The Christmas Cracker campaign helps YANA assist Comox Valley families that must travel to receive medical care for their sick children. YANA has helped Comox Valley families since 1986. It also has four fully stocked apartments in Vancouver for families to stay in when visiting BC Children’s Hospital.

— You Are Not Alone

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