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Santa Claus Parade snowpeople up for grabs, profits to charity

Psst. Hey buddy. Wanna buy a snowman? One that'll be perfectly fine sitting outdoors throughout the season?

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Then you'll want to look at the offerings from Pentictonite Janine Cumberland. They're cute, they're handmade, and several of them played a starring role in this past weekend's Santa Claus Parade.

And a big chunk from the sale of each will go to a couple of solid animal welfare organizations.

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It all started several months ago, said Cumberland, when a good friend from her old hometown of Dawson Creek offered to make a few snowmen (or shall we say "snowpeople?") -- each comprised primarily of painted plywood -- for her Penticton flower shop.

"And when I first saw them, I thought they were so adorable," said Cumberland, who left Dawson Creek three years ago for the South Okanagan and now runs two businesses here.

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"And then the Chamber of Commerce asked if I'd like to partner for a float. I said absolutely, but I had no idea what we were going to do. And so when these came, my friend said I can build you 20 more."

In the end, Cumberland took delivery of 30 regular-sized snowpeople, several larger snowpeople, a dozen gnomes and a bunch of Christmas-y "trees" too. And a lot of them ended up on what would ultimately be one of the prettiest floats in this year's parade.

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"I was originally going to get only enough to sell in the shop," she said with a laugh, "then suddenly I had all these.

"But I've always been a great supporter of donations and fundraisers. We were the major sponsor of the recent Candlelight Gala at the Lakeside. So I thought we should try to sell 20 of these and give the profits to worthwhile causes."

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Those worthwhile causes, added the proud owner of two dogs -- and victim of a late-November break-in at her "Enchanted Florist" flower shop on Fairview Road -- are the Okanagan/Similkameen SPCA and Critteraid.

Cumberland is asking $80 per snowperson, $20 of which will go to the SPCA and/or Critteraid. The larger items are reserved for a future auction she'd like to put together, again all profits going to charity.

"After construction and transportation costs, I won’t be making anything on these guys and gals," she said.

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For more info and/or to purchase a snowperson or two, call Cumberland at 250-219-4756, find her on Facebook here, or drop by her flower shop at Unit 103, 1652 Fairview Rd.

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