Jean Roe admires some of the handcrafted items that adorn the 'mitten tree' at The Royale Pacifica

Jean Roe admires some of the handcrafted items that adorn the 'mitten tree' at The Royale Pacifica

South Surrey ‘Festival of Trees’ raises thousands for hospital foundation

A display of seasonal spirit is up for public perusal at The Royale Pacifica in South Surrey.

A display of seasonal spirit is up for public perusal at The Royale Pacifica in South Surrey.

Featuring nearly two dozen decorated Christmas trees that have been sponsored by local businesses, the Festival of Trees is also an effort to make a difference in the community.

Through Dec. 11, anyone interested is invited to peruse the ‘Enchanted Christmas Forest’ and vote for their favourite tree with a $2 donation. The proceeds will benefit the Peace Arch Hospital and Community Health Foundation.

So far, the effort has raised about $6,000, surpassing last year’s total by $1,000 and more than tripling funds collected in the festival’s inaugural year.

“This is the largest (display) we’ve had,” said Jean Roe, a Royale Pacifica resident whose knitting group decorates a tree with handcrafted mittens, toques and socks that are later donated to the Salvation Army.

The winning tree will be announced on Dec. 11, during an afternoon event (2-4 p.m.) that will also include a performance by ‘Elvis’ and a visit from Santa.

Those planning to attend Dec. 11 are asked to RSVP to 604-535-9194 or kellie.besseling@theroyale.ca by Dec. 10. The Royale Pacifica is located at 2525 King George Blvd.

 

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