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Bethlehem Walk garners most donations ever in 2013

From left, Grace Crompton, Stephanie Moore and Rianna Crompton grind and crush fresh spices using their mortar and pestle sets at one of the many booths in the market at last December’s Bethlehem Walk which raised $19,000. - Candace Wu Photo
From left, Grace Crompton, Stephanie Moore and Rianna Crompton grind and crush fresh spices using their mortar and pestle sets at one of the many booths in the market at last December’s Bethlehem Walk which raised $19,000.
— image credit: Candace Wu Photo

In 2011 the Bethlehem Walk garnered around $12,000 for the local Salvation Army, and a couple of weeks ago a cheque was handed over to that charity for $19,000.

The Bethlehem Walk is a gift to the community from the congregation at the Parksville Fellowship Baptist Church. It involves the telling of the Christmas story and depicts an ancient village complete with live animals, shops and shopkeepers, a live manger, a choir and more.

The entry to the event is by donation which goes to the local Salvation Army.

“Although we didn’t have our biggest number of people go through (in 2013) that is the most generous the people have ever been,” said coordinator of the event, Gail Barbero.

The church had its highest number of people to the event in 2009 with over 9,000 people and in 2013 8,695 people went through.

Thanks to the generous donations received last month the church managed to pull in $19,351 and over 1,500 pounds of food for the Salvation Army.

Some people made comments that the event in 2013 was the best year ever, Barbero said, and many people were pleased with all the upgrades that were made. The gospel was also very loud and clear at the recent event, spreading the word of Christ, she said, which pleased her.

Last year the church and its volunteers took a rest from hosting the event citing overall leadership for the event could not be secured in time.

This year the Bethlehem Walk returned and ran from Dec. 14 - 17.

Major Norman Hamelin of the Salvation Army met with the organizers of the Bethlehem Walk on Dec. 20 when the cheque was presented to the food bank, along with over 1,500 pounds of food.

“What an incredible powerful and positive way to share the true meaning of Christmas,” Hamelin said in an e-mail statement.

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