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Various pandemic-friendly events added to United Way of Northern BC Tree of Lights campaign

The United Way of Northern BC has added three new events before the final light up of the Tree of lights.

The tree that symbolized light and hope, is now standing tall and the initial light up to kick off this year’s campaign will take place Saturday, December 5. The new events are:

Early Bird Kick Off December 5: (Prince George and Fort St. John). With the help of local businesses, the United Way will be giving away thousands of dollars worth of prizes to people who donate to light the bulbs/strings on the tree. People who make their donation before December 5 will have their names entered into a draw to win thousands of dollars worth of prizes. The livestream event will start at 4 p.m. on the United Way Tree of Lights Facebook page where the tree will ight up after the campaign is introduced. Then the early bird draws will take place before the tree gets turned off again around 4:30 p.m.

2020 Virtual Christmas Party – December 12 (Prince George and Fort St. John) The United Way has move a Christmas ‘party’ to an online platform. The purpose of this event to bring the community together to provide the party that so many  are missing.

This will  be a free event held virtually with no registration requirement. Check out the United Way Facebook page for details.

Drive Through to Donate – December 19 (Prince George: A Christmas drive-through that has never happened before. The Team Powerhouse Plaza will be fully decorated with Christmas lights and decorations and Santa will be on site to interact with passing cares and listen to the requests of kids. People will be able to make donations to the light bulbs/strings on the tree form the comfort of their cars.

People can come as they are, or can take it to the next level by dressing up in Santa hats and ugly sweaters.

“We are so excited to bring a little holiday magic to the community through these events,” said Trista Spencer, executive director UWNBC. “With this year being so unusual and isolating, we wanted to find some opportunity to bring the joy of the season through some amazing giveaways and some heartfelt entertainment. We ask for your support through early donations so you can get in on one of the draws and help us kick off the campaign with gusto. And we truly hope you will join us for our virtual Christmas party the following Saturday – have it on while you’re wrapping Christmas presents, playing games with your family.”

The fundraising goal for this year is $30,000 with the proceeds going towards raising awareness and support of programs and services to fight the #unignorable issue to drug abuse in Prince George and the other issues that surround it, like mental wellness and basic needs.

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