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Habitat for Humanity Northumberland launches 8th Annual Gingerbread Festival

On October 21st, Habitat for Humanity Northumberland (HFHN)’s 8th Annual Gingerbread Festival launched. This is a hybrid in-person and virtual fundraising event where participants build and decorate gingerbread houses to raise awareness about affordable housing and funds for HFHN’s build program. The fundraiser this year has a goal of raising $8,000 which will go towards completing HFHN’s Hastings build. Jacqueline Pennington Real Estate Team is once again the title sponsor for this fundraiser.

Participants can now enter the festival by heading to to purchase a building permit to start their homemade creation or add a kit, a pre-fab home that comes with some decorations to their purchase. Upon completion, participants can submit a photo to to 1 of 3 categories - Professional, Community and Community Entry under 12. Then on November 26th, all entrants to the festival will be showcased on the Habitat Northumberland website and the rest of the community has an opportunity to vote for their favourite. Each vote is $5, which goes towards our building program. On December 10th at midnight, the voting closes and on December 14th, the winners with the most votes from each category will be announced and all those who placed a vote will be entered into a draw to win a prize.

New this year is an option to view the Professional entries at the Cobourg ReStore at 764 Division St. in Cobourg during the close of the voting period, December 9th & 10th. “We’re so thrilled to be able to welcome people into the ReStore again for a portion of the event, especially when in-person element has omitted the last two years due to COVID restrictions,” explained Melissa Cranston, Habitat’s community and fund development coordinator.

For more information on the Gingerbread Festival, please contact Melissa Cranston (, 289-252-0999 ext. 29).

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