While Pat De Sario is appreciative of any amount her family receives for their annual fundraiser for The Hospital for Sick Children, she’s a little disappointed numbers did not surpass last year’s total.
This year, $14,512.25 was collected, down from $16,000 the previous year, she said.
“Last year was our biggest ever,” De Sario said. “This year we did have a few rainy days so people just went by in their cars, or maybe people are having a hard time (financially) this year.”
For the past 13 years, the De Sarios Benjamin Boake Trail home has lit up for the Christmas season, which serves as a fundraiser for The Hospital for Sick Children. The De Sarios spent time at the downtown hospital after their daughter was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes years ago.
After a month of preparation and 150 hours of work, the lights were turned on Nov. 25 and shut off Jan. 6.
New to the display this year was an inflatable Charlie Brown and a pair of penguins, along with old favourites Mickey and Minnie Mouse and Snoopy.
But the inflatables make up just part of the impressive display, as thousands of lights adorn the hard-to-miss house.
“We are still happy with the amount we raised,” De Sario said. “It’s been the best two years so far. People just put what they can and we really appreciate that. We want to thank everyone for coming out and supporting our cause.”
The family puts out a donation box and more than $90,000 has been raised to date for the downtown hospital.