Everyone in Surrey loves to work together on projects. The Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association has brought together businesses, schools and local non-prot/charities for a special seasonal event.
During November, a number of businesses in Downtown Surrey are allowing their windows to be painted by local high school students. Confirmed business participants include Prospera Credit Union, Whalley Optical, TD Bank, Tien Sher (Quattro), Bozzini`s Restaurant, Roath’s Pawn Shop, Jod’s Hair Salon, Jiffy Cleaners, Dell Shopping Centre and KFC.
Each window will depict a Christmas scene and include one of our local non-profit/charity partners. Our partners include the Surrey Food Bank, Surrey Christmas Bureau, Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation, Surrey Urban Mission, Surrey Hospice, Centre for Child Development, Kinsmen Lodge, Whalley Scouts, Nightshift, North Surrey Lions Club, RCMP Youth Division, KidSport, and Arts Umbrella.
On Saturday, November 30 from 1-3pm, we invite everyone to our Santa Window Walk to take a free guided tour of all the windows. Visitors are encouraged to “vote” for their favourite window by giving a loonie or toonie and each charity/nonprofit will have a few volunteers available at their window to collect funds. Groups have also been encouraged to think of other ways they can raise money – for example selling hot chocolate, hot dogs, popcorn, mittens, chocolate bars or even facepainting by donation.
At 3pm, the charities/nonprofits will tally the funds collected between 1-3pm. Both the group that collects the most money along with the student artist(s) who designed and painted the window that generates the most cash will receive cash prizes.
Some businesses along the route that do not have a window suitable for painting will participate as a “snowake” stop where people can enter a draw for prizes and gift certificates donated by local merchants. The draw will take place at 3pm at the Dell Shopping Centre.
There will be entertainment along the route as well as within the Dell Shopping Centre.
Start planning your route to join the fun and to support the groups that are doing great work in our community.
Businesses that would like to contribute to the prize draw should contact Rachel at 604.580.2321.