A new holiday event for Cedaredge this year proved to be a big hit with local families on Parade of Lights day last Saturday.
Habitat for Humanity of Delta County hosted an afternoon of family house building, that is gingerbread houses, at the community center.
Several dozen local families, with everyone from the kids to great-grandma and grandpa taking part, accepted Habitat for Humanity's invitation to put some housing investment money where their mouths are. They bought tickets to attend the community center event and enjoyed an afternoon of fun creating their own unique, family holiday traditions.
All of the materials for building the gingerbread house of one's dreams were supplied for the event guests. The supplies included pre-baked gingerbread wall and roof panels, along with yummy icing for mortar and everything else needed to build a house — from pretzels to jelly beans — that everyone on the block would envy.
Angie and Mark McIntire of Cedaredge and their kids Logan, a CES first grader, and Reganne, a CMS sixth grader, busied themselves with construction activities at one of the tables.
"This is really a fun tradition," said Angie. "What a great way to create a family heirloom. And you can't have a better cause to support," she added.
The Cedaredge family of Lory and Cheri Woods including children Dakota, Breanna, and Angel, carefully added a candied walkway and entry to their gingerbread mansion. Lory noted that their investment in the new family home was certain to increase in value, at least until Christmas Day when dessert time arrives.
In addition to the home building center stocked full with delectable building materials, there was a counter full of homemade baked goods and treats for the work crews in quantities to last through New Year's.
The event coordinator was Amanda Cerise of Cedaredge. The large amount of inspiration, dedication, planning, and work that went into staging this first-ever event for Cedaredge was as obvious as it was impressive.
Nevertheless, Amber gave credit and all thanks to the many business and individual sponsors who donated the building materials, and also items for a silent auction.
"We have had a tremendous amount of support and donations that have made all of this possible," she added. "This community event is a great start towards building for another one next year."
City Market and WalMart donated generous gift certificates to help with costs, Amber said.
Habitat for Humanity of Delta County raises funds for its work year round with events, yard sales, auctions and donations.
Proceeds from the Cedaredge event will also go towards future Delta County Habitat projects. Habitat has built eight homes in Delta County, said board member Perry Hotz.blog comments powered by Disqus