By: Ewa Chwojko-Srawley

The organizers of a Christmas raffle in Pefferlaw are proving that a pandemic can’t stop the spirit of giving.

“This Christmas, maybe more than ever before, we all need to feel and experience the magic of the holidays,” says Amanda Stewart, one of the organizers of the Belvedere Cookhouse Community Christmas Raffle.

The idea was born in October, when Nicole Beaudrow Corcoran, the Belvedere Cookhouse owner, realized that her yearly toy drive for the local charity, the Christmas Angels of Pefferlaw, would not have a chance to happen because of restrictions due to COVID-19.

She contacted Amanda Stewart, owner of I Do! Weddings, to brainstorm different ways of supporting those in need.

Amanda Stewart likes to think big, so she invited two more local business owners, Alicia Bosscher (The Clean Queen) and Sandra Hutchings (Hutchings Farm), to join forces.

They each contributed not only their time and energy but also $250 each to create a prize.

Then something beautiful happened: individuals (many anonymous), businesses and organizations started donating cash, products, and gift cards.

Some were quite unusual – 55 pounds of potatoes!

Every day new sponsors and donors send their gifts, and every day lots of raffle tickets are sold.

The organizers are ecstatic about the generosity of the community.

“Our community looks to give back this year! Bad times bring out the best in people,” says Amanda Stewart.

The goal to sell 500 raffle tickets and raise $10 000 is almost achieved.

Due to overwhelming response, not only the Christmas Angels of Pefferlaw will benefit but also the Georgina Food pantry.

The big draw will take place at the LINK on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15TH @ 7 PM!

It will also be broadcasted live on Facebook. Stay tuned!

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