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Bel Air group spreads holiday cheer on Main Street, raises money to support families impacted by cancer

With the holidays quickly approaching, shoppers will soon visit the bounty of local shops in downtown Bel Air searching for gift ideas. To help spread some holiday cheer, a group with the Chesapeake Cancer Alliance set out Monday to decorate several storefronts with Christmas trees and wreaths for the group’s Holiday Tree and Wreath sale.

For many years, the group held its annual holiday sale as part of the Festival of Trees at the Bel Air Armory. In recent years, however, they have had to change the format a bit.

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The volunteer group worked with local business owners to transform their storefronts into a winter wonderland, decorated Christmas trees and holiday wreaths created by volunteers and other local groups.

The items are displayed and for sale to raise money for the Chesapeake Cancer Alliance, an all-volunteer group dedicated to supporting cancer patients and their families in the community through all stages of illness.

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“It is truly amazing to see our community come together. Volunteers and donors alike, transforming downtown Bel Air into a winter wonderland and supporting cancer care close to home,” says Gail Cook, President of CCA.

The group also will hold other events through the season.

A gift-wrapping station will run from Dec. 11 to 24 at the Harford Mall where volunteers will wrap presents for a small fee.

And the Holiday Celebration Raffle will be held featuring prizes like a patio party and a wine tree. Raffle items are on display in the windows of the former Boyd and Fulford Drug Store on Bel Air’s Main St.

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Holiday Celebration Raffle tickets are on sale now at The Nest, Preston’s Stationary, Farmhouse on Main and Boutique 44 in Bel Air. Tickets are $10 each or three for $25.

All proceeds from the three events go directly to the Cancer LifeNet programs at the Kaufman Cancer Center in Bel Air.

The group has transformed five storefronts this year: Mannequin on Main, Skylight Creative Ideas, Tiger Lily and Aroma Candle on Main Street. And John’s Men’s Clothing on Pennsylvania Avenue will light up with decorated trees and wreaths for salethrough Dec. 6. A QR code at each location leads to information on prices, purchasing and availability. Also more information is available on the Chesapeake Cancer Alliance Facebook page or www.uchfoundation.org.

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