The colour of community: Annual Crayola sale on Nov. 16

By Lindsay Advocate

The colour of community: Annual Crayola sale on Nov. 16

The 31st annual Crayola Sale will be held on Saturday, November 16 at the Lindsay Exhibition Grounds. Since the sale began, Crayola Canada has donated over $1,052,000 to the United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes. This year the sale is a month later than the usual October date, but the same great deals will be available for shoppers, just in time for some early Christmas shopping.

Crayola Canada employees volunteer their time to help run the Sale and are also heavily reliant on help from the United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes and other dedicated volunteers. These employees and volunteers donate their time to help set up, run, and clean up after the event.

Crayola Canada believes that every person in the community deserves an opportunity for a quality and colourful life: “We are very fortunate that the annual Crayola Sale can assist children, youth, and adults in the City of Kawartha Lakes.  The sale started simply as a yard sale with a few Crayola products added in.  It was the beginning of a long-term relationship and, thanks to the efforts of countless volunteers from Crayola, the UWCKL, and the community, it has grown to its current form.”

Crayola’s team is very enthusiastic about participating in this year’s sale. One Crayola Canada staff member expressed her pride: “United Way offers support to such a wide variety of people in a wide variety of ways especially the most vulnerable within our community.  It’s good to know I contribute a tiny bit towards that.”

The excitement is in the air every year at the sale, another Crayola employee said “I love to walk the line before people enter the building.  They are always so excited.  It’s great to hear what they are hoping to find and knowing what’s inside you can give them a bit of a head start as to where to look.  It’s the energy of the line that truly gets me motivated for the event.”

United Way is extremely grateful for their partnership with the Crayola Canada team and have recently completed the first season of Edwin Binney’s Community Garden. A large scale food security project located on previously unused land at Crayola Canada in Lindsay. In the first season we were able to provide 5,428 pounds of fresh produce to community members who access local food security initiatives, including 11 agencies and 10 food banks. We were also able to provide food literacy learning opportunities to approximately 350 children ages 3 to 17 years old from local summer camps and schools.

They are grateful for their continued partnership with the LEX in Lindsay which offers us an excellent venue for the sale annually.

The sale will take place on Saturday, November 16th from 8am-12pm at the Lindsay Exhibition Fairgrounds and is open to the public. All purchases at the sale must be made in cash.

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