It took more than your average holiday wreath to raise more than $500 for the Quesnel and District Hospice Palliative Care Association (QDHPCA).
Final bids for six unique wreaths were counted Monday, Jan. 3 after a four-day online auction by Moose Meadows Farm.
Before Saturday, Dec. 25, staff had gathered to decorate a wreath amid some Christmas cheer.
In 2020, a similar online auction had raised $760.
”We don’t typically make wreaths like that,” said co-owner Heloise Dixon-Warren. “It’s just a really nice way to end the season and give back a bit to a really worthwhile organization.”
For 20 years, Moose Meadow Farms has made wreaths for customers across North America composed of sub-alpine fir collected from the forests of the north Cariboo.
Templates mean the wreaths can quickly leave the farm’s doors at Bouchie Lake.
“But each of one of these probably took upwards of about two hours to decorate,” Dixon-Warren said.
“They were pretty special because people really put a lot of thought into them.”
One of the wreaths named ‘Heart of the Cariboo’ was inspired from all the hearts that have been seen, shared and displayed since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, 2020.
Another titled ‘Berries and Butterflies’ was inspired by the seasons that follow winter.
“It’s definitely a worthy cause,” co-owner Ted Traer said of the QDHPCA.
“Palliative care is one of those organizations that can use assistance all the time.”