The event was originally started by Pam Whitney, but ended for awhile before being brought back by Erin Medcalf to help buy an AED for the school. It took two years to pay for the AED and since then the money raised by the Gingerbread House Making Party has gone to the St. Peter Foundation.
The St. Peter Foundation is "like a rainy day fund for the school," according to Medcalf. The school is parish supported and the St. Peter Foundation is used if there aren't enough funds to support the school.
"It's amazing to see what everyone brings (to decorate with)," Medcalf said.
There are six rules that participants are asked to follow: do not eat the candy, do not lick your fingers, share--take turns, be kind, smile--laugh and have a good time.
Once the houses are decorated the children are allowed to take them home with them. Medcalf said it is a fun Christmas memory for the kids to make, noting that her son likes to decorate his house in his favorite candy so that he can eat it at home.
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