The Nerdy Days of Christmas craft fair in December raised more than $4,000 for the Victoria Hospitals Foundation, money that was passed along this week. Photo contributed

Pop culture-centric craft fair helps out sick kids through Victoria Hospitals Foundation

Cherry Bomb Toys operators pass along $4,000-plus to foundation for NICU ward

Candice and B Woodward, who own and operate Cherry Bomb Toys in Victoria and are gearing up to stage the Capital City Comic Con in March, are grateful they have two healthy children.

Their younger son, now 2-1/2, had a slightly rocky start to his life due to an eye issue and spent a brief time under the care of the medical staff at the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Victoria General Hospital. While he made a full recovery and was in the ward a relatively short time, the care of the people in the NICU made an impact on his parents.

“When we were hanging out in the hospital and talking to the nurses, we got to talking about raising money for the ward,” said B Woodward. The conversation ultimately turned to events their company hosted and ways they could give back.

So the couple decided that the proceeds from their Nerdy Days of Christmas Craft Fair, which last month wrapped up its fourth edition at Market Square, would be donated to the Victoria Hospitals Foundation for direction to the NICU.

On Wednesday at their Broad Street store, the Woodwards passed along to the foundation this year’s take of just over $4,000, raised with a silent auction, admissions and sales of refreshments. It brings the total donated to more than $8,700.

“[Our kids] have both been such a blessing that we felt it was only right that we give back in any way we can,” B said. “They’re our future, so it’s super important to have our future strong.”

The unique craft fair specializes in “pop culture and nerdy crafts,” the kind of products that are Cherry Bomb’s stock in trade.

Capital City Comic Con happens March 16 to 18 at the Victoria Conference Centre.

editor@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Tent city campers prepare to leave Uplands Park

Vehicle access remains restricted at Cattle Point

A year in tent city: Timeline of Camp Namegans

Since September 2017, Victoria’s homeless camp has set up in more than 20 locations

Tommy Chong says cannabis legalization makes him proud to be a Canadian

Legendary marijuana advocate and comedian celebrates cultural milestone at Kelowna event

Oak Bay police ‘patient’ but ready to make arrests if campers don’t leave

Vehicle access restricted to waterfront segment of Uplands Park

Four-sailing wait at BC Ferries Swartz Bay terminal

Full vessels create long waits on Friday afternoon

Singer k.d. lang receives Alberta’s highest honour

Celebrated singer-songwriter k.d. lang received the Alberta Order of Excellence in Edmonton

B.C. tickets win big in Lotto Max draw

Jackpot carried over; B.C. tickets share Max Millions prizes

Crime Stoppers most wanted for Greater Victoria for Oct. 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Do you support amalgamation for communities in the Capital Region?

Residents in Victoria and Saanich will be voting on Oct. 20 on… Continue reading

‘Mom, I’m in trouble:’ Canadian faces 10 years for alleged graffiti

Brittney Schneider, another tourist caught spraying message on walls of Tha Pae Gate in Thailand

Feds consulting on national anti-racism strategy behind closed doors

Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez says people still face systemic racism in some communities

Enbridge aims for mid-November to finish B.C. pipeline repair after blast

A natural gas pipeline that ruptured and burned near Prince George caused an explosion and fireball

How to get government cheques if Canada Post staff go on strike

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers said members could go on rotating strikes as early as Monday

Most Read