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Chocolate for a cause: Fort St. John firefighters raising charitable funds with new Advent calendars

Calendars filled with Belgian chocolates, fire safety tips
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From left: Jennie Gagnon of the AFDE Group, Kailey Odermatt of SJA Promo, and Doug Gallinger of Home Hardware hold up the newly-minted Advent calendars raising funds for the Fort St. John Firefighters Charitable Society.

Fort St. John firefighters hope to raise more than $12,000 for their charity activities this holiday season with the launch of a customized new Advent calendar in partnership with local businesses.

Five hundred of the calendars have been produced, featuring a Fort St. John firefighter rescuing Santa Claus from a chimney. Inside each of the 24 windows is a Belgian chocolate and a holiday fire safety tip. 

Funds will support the Fort St. John Firefighters Charitable Society, which provides financial support to local families faced with costly medical travel, as well as support to burn survivors through the BCPFFA Burn Fund, and helps other local charities in the city and surrounding areas.

“We are always overwhelmed by the support of our community and not only will the funds raised make a big difference in our community, knowing that families will be learning about holiday fire safety as they enjoy their daily dose of chocolate makes it even better,” said firefighter Capt. Brent Morgan, president of the charitable society.

The calendar was designed by local graphic designer Carolina Giselle, and produced in partnership with SJA Promo, Home Hardware, and the AFDE Group. The background of the calendars feature the Home Hardware store and an AFDE crane working on the Site C dam.

Home Hardware owners Shelley and Doug Gallinger gave their support without hesitation.

“It was such an easy decision for us to get involved,” said Shelley Gallinger. “We love these unique local projects and are long-time supporters of the Fort St. John Firefighters Charitable Society.”

Said Jennie Gagnon of the AFDE Group, “We feel privileged to be working in the Peace region and are always looking for ways to contribute positively to the community."

The fundraiser is expected to raise more than $12,000, with 500 calendars available at Home Hardware.

“When we came across these custom Advent calendars, our first thought was that these would make a great holiday fundraiser,” says SJA Promo owner Kailey Odermatt. “It’s an idea that’s been brewing for a while and it just needed the right partners to make it happen.”


Tom Summer, Alaska Highway News, Local Journalism Initiative. Email Tom at tsummer@ahnfsj.ca