Saturday December 3, 2011


Making Christmas Merrier

Coast Hotel hosts Christmas tree contest pitting local schools against each during December for the Food Bank

Staff/Voice photos


Debbie Dennis, from the Coast Hotel Chilliwack, stands next to a tree covered in toques and gloves which was decorated by the kids from Vedder Elementary School. Dennis was tree was part of the decorating committee.


half dozen huge Christmas trees standing tall in the lobby of Coast Hotel Chilliwack

were decorated by about seven Chilliwack schools and throughout December, the hotel will be collecting items for the local Salvation Army Food Bank.


The winner of the decorating contest pitting school against school will be decided on public votes.


“We’ve got all these great non-personal items for the food bank and now with the economic condition of our country, it’s not uncommon to have the shelves at the food bank a little scarce of food so this really helps out and I’m quote proud of it,” said Coast Hotel Manager Joey Beltrano.


“Julia Horne, Debbie Dennis, Raelene O’Brien, Miranda Newfield and Mike Earler, took the lead on this and did a fantastic job,” he said.


The trees have been donated by Highland Tree Farm and will be voted on. The class with the winning tree will be back to the hotel for free pizza and drinks sometime in the New Year all courtesy of the Coast Hotel Chilliwack.


Dennis urges people to drop in to the hotel with a food item and view the trees then vote. Just look for the red round bin in the lobby and cast your vote at the main desk.


One tree was weighted down with clothing as decorations.


“East Chilliwack is donating all the toques, mittens and gloves to the Salvation Army afterward,” said Dennis. “It’s a neat idea and everything is made from recycled paper and at the bottom of all the trees are ‘tree scarves’ and they will get donated as well.”


The Coast Hotel Chilliwack is located at 45920 First Avenue.


For general hotel information visit here.



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