YANA Xmas crackers available at Dickens Craft Faire

YANA (You Are Not Alone) will be at the Charles Dickens Craft Faire on Nov. 13, selling their Christmas crackers.

YANA (You Are Not Alone) will be at the Charles Dickens Craft Faire on Nov. 13, selling their Christmas crackers.

This for the society is now a Comox Valley tradition and has proved to be a popular fundraiser, selling out each year well before the holidays begin.

This year’s prize is a diamond ring. YANA volunteers will also  sell gift-wrapping ribbons, perfect for putting the finishing touch on your special gifts.

The popularity is the result of the Valley’s desire to help their neighbours, but according to YANA volunteer Sue Bowie, the chance to win an expensive piece of jewelry adds to the appeal. The crackers will be available at the charity office and a number of local businesses.

Each year, YANA produces 5,000 Christmas crackers for their festive fundraiser, which raises money to help local families whose children are ill. All of the money raised goes towards the families’ accommodations and travel expenses when the children require medical treatment outside of the Valley.

For more information, visit www.yanacomoxvalley.com or call 250-871-0343.

The Charles Dickens Craft Faire has in the past provided an opportunity for the pubic to make donations to YANA, but this is the first time that the Faire has invited the group to participate to sell their Christmas crackers and ribbons.

So look for them in the Seniors Lounge, lower level, at the Charles Dickens Christmas Craft Faire on Sunday, Nov. 13 in the Florence Filberg Centre from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Faire runs from Nov. 11 through the 13th and occupies two floors of the Florence Filberg Centre in Courtenay.

Bloomfield Flats Custom Cedar Furniture is featured at this year’s  Faire.

Brian and Judy Bloomfield say they are delighted to be chosen as this year’s “featured artist.”

Bloomfield Flats Custom Cedar Furniture was selected because of the quality of workmanship, product innovation and the fact that their furniture is not only functional and beautiful, but that it stands the test of time.

— Charles Dickens Craft Faire