Stouffville’s Home for Christmas Tour returns this month.
The committee has been organizing this tour since 2011. Last year, they raised $40,000 with a seven-year total of just over $155,000 donated to local charities. The charities again for this year are the Jennifer Ashleigh Children’s Charity (JACC) and The ABLE Network. The JACC improves the quality of life for seriously ill children and their families. They act as a safety net by helping sick children get the medical care and treatment they need. The ABLE Network provides relevant and inclusive work and recreation opportunities for young adults with intellectual disabilities in natural job and community settings.
Between 600-800 people attend the tour each year.
“We are proud of our local event that is very community-based. Our committee are women from Stouffville and the tour is sponsored by local people and businesses. The decorators and floral designers all donate their time and expertise. Local businesses sell our tickets. We have a very generous and charitable community that makes this event successful,” said Jacky Messner, one of the tour organizers.
The tour takes place Nov. 3 and 4. It starts on Nov. 3 from 5:30 pm-9 pm. Friday night is a twilight tour that has a cocktail party with raffles and shopping at Willow Springs Winery. The Winery is open from 5:30 pm-10 pm. For those interested in enjoying a relaxing Saturday afternoon, the tour takes place Nov. 4 from 10 am-4 pm. There is coffee and cookies while you shop for holiday gifts at the Winery. The winery is open during tour hours.