Charlene Christiansen, Investors Group looks on as her 4 year old son Cayden carefully places one of their homemade decorations on her tree.It’s time once again for the Driftwood Mall Christmas Tree Auction, an annual fund raiser for YANA (You Are Not Alone). The Driftwood Mall began this fund raising initiative in 1999 and over the past 13 years Heather Tisdale has been responsible for the event. Her family decorates a tree every year. Of the experience Heather says “I look forward to doing this every year. It is one of each year’s highlights for me. YANA is such a worthwhile organization and the tree auction brings awareness to all the new people in the Valley.” Heather is very proud that proceeds from the Driftwood Mall’s Christmas Tree Auction and the sale of YANA’s Christmas crackers at the display have exceeded $140,000 over the last 13 years.

Individuals, Families, Businesses and Organizations decorate trees that are on display for two weeks at the Driftwood Mall. Some trees even have gifts under them already. The public is encouraged to view the trees and place bids on their favorites.

A newcomer to the event this year is Charlene Christiansen from Investors Group. She chose a fruit theme for her tree, engaging her 4 year old son Cayden by drying sliced fruit for their decorations. “Participating in this fundraiser, to me, was about rising up and supporting families and individuals just like ourselves, it is what a community is all about and it is how we all move forward collectively and I am proud to be a part of that movement. Thank you so much YANA! ”

While you’re there, vote for your favorite tree. It will be hard to choose. The YANA Christmas Crackers are also on sale at the mall during the Christmas Tree display. These popular Crackers usually sell out well before Christmas so don’t wait too long before you purchase yours.

If you are inspired to participate by decorating a tree next year, just let Heather know (she’s there every day of the event).

All money raised goes to YANA and then directly to help Comox Valley families who must travel to other centers for medical treatment for their children. The display is open to the public now until December 8th when bidding closes.

For more information about YANA visit their website or follow them on Facebook.