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Friday, December 4, 2009


Bakers from the First Religious Society senior youth group put the finishing touches on their Cambodian gingerbread houses (front, from left) James Doud, Elizabeth Sorrows, Harriet Ketchen, Katrina Stropkay, (back) Religious Education Director Molly Sorrows, Ministerial Intern Linda Simmons, Katy Scholten, Katherine Sorrows, Matthew Hill. (Photo by Ellen Huber)


A gingerbread house constructed for a good cause

The senior youth group from the First Religious Society submitted a gingerbread house to the International Gingerbread Village Display, a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell. The guidelines suggested that the submission be representative of a country where Habitat works. The FRS group chose Cambodia because of the church’s connection to that country through The Sharing Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports orphanages, as well as educational and job training opportunities, for needy and disadvantaged children there.

A number of church members have been to Cambodia and provided photos and descriptions of typical Cambodian houses. The students learned that 75% of Cambodia is less than 100 meters above sea level and that monsoons bring heavy rains from May to October, often causing flooding. Consequently, many homes are built on stilts, posing a challenge to the gingerbread home design. Other design considerations involved representing a thatched or corrugated tin roof, local plants, a barn, typical farm animals and a large water cistern.

Gingerbread houses on display in Chelmsford December 5 and 6

The International Gingerbread Village Display is at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 10 Billerica Road, Chelmsford. The display is open to the public Saturday, December 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, December 6, noon to 6 p.m. Admission to view the display is $5 per family; raffle tickets and refreshments will be sold, with all proceeds to benefit the local Habitat for Humanity chapter.

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