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VIDEO: More visitors and donations at eighth annual Aldergrove Easter event

Organizer ‘can’t believe’ how much was raised for food bank

Both attendance and donations were up substantially at the sixth annual Aldergrove Easter event, held Saturday, March 30 on the plaza at Fraser Highway and 272nd Street.

It was a great day, with near-perfect weather, and everything was free.

Organizer Jodi Steeves of RE/MAX Aldercenter Realty estimated more than 400 showed up to enjoy a petting zoo, glitter tattoos, mini donuts and the Easter Bunny, while being invited to make donations to the Aldergrove Food Bank.

Last year, when the event raffled off a gift basket, it raised $180 for the food bank.

This year, instead of a gift basket, some plush jumbo bunnies were deployed to encourage contributions.

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“I thought they might get a bit more traction, just because they’re big, and colourful, and fun,” Steeves said.

They had the desired effect. Donations totalled $534.75, and “then we just matched that so it comes out to 1,069.50,” a pleased Steeves told the Langley Advance Times.

“I can’t believe how much money we raised just from those bunnies,” Steeves added.

“That’s a lot.”

Most of the food bank donations were cash, with a small amount of food items also collected.

Another marker of increased attendance was the number of free, hot mini-doughnuts distributed.

“We gave out 600 bags of free hot donuts,” up from 450 the previous year, Steeves said. 

A new addition to the event, a petting zoo presented by Abbotsford-based Cinemazoo, proved to be a popular attraction.

“We’ll definitely have them back again, and we’ll probably add a little band as well,” Steeves said.

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