Holiday elves awaiting their hats are some of the many decorations and ornaments for sale as part of a fundraiser for the Comox Valley Food Bank. Photo submitted

Holiday ornament fundraiser aims to help food bank

Inspired by what she saw, Star Nap is truly embracing the holiday spirit, with help from the creative community.

Earlier this year, Nap and her children stopped by the Comox Valley Food Bank to donate some fresh items and asked what kind of help they needed the most.

When she found out cash is most needed to purchase fresh food throughout the winter along with dairy, she got to work.

“They are serving thousands of people; it’s a bit shocking in such a small community.”

Nap decided with the holiday season approaching, rather than spend money towards commercial disposable plastic decorations, she would create a holiday ornament fundraiser, with funds to be donated to the food bank.

She went looking for talented people to create a variety of decorations to sell, and now has woodworking, art and ceramics students from Highland Secondary and Mark Isfeld schools creating a variety of handmade ornaments for sale.

Additionally, Nap has contacted professional artists to create ornaments and has made 100 herself for sale at the Fiesta World Craft Bazaar set for Nov. 17 and 18 at the Florence Filberg Centre.

She plans to set the ornaments for sale at different price points, with many priced between three and five dollars. Others, specifically those created by professional artists, will be priced higher, as Nap calls them “a keepsake, a piece of art that just happens to be a holiday item.”

There will also be decorations for mantles and items for every celebration, including Hanukkah, Christmas and solstice.

One hundred per cent of funds raised will be donated to the food bank. Nap said ideally she would like to cover the cost of purchasing dairy items for one month, which equals around $1,200.

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Ornaments crafted by local artist Bev Byerley. Photo submitted

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