Ugly sweaters lead a rise up in new children’ ebook by Tri-Metropolis activists

Chris Boyd recalls when he first met the ugly Christmas jerseys.

At that time, in 2002, he was working at Parkwood Manor in Coquitlam and saw many elderly people pulling out brightly colored threads on vacation.

Excited, Boyd invited his friend, Jordan Birch, to join a bad sweater party with his friend Scott Lindsay. And since then, their interest in giving has grown.

He did a disastrous vacation at SFU and Coquitlam’s Boqu County Cabaret before moving to The Commodore Ballroom, adding a large section of charity and a 5k dash, which now ends at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody.

Meanwhile, Boyd and Birch – led by Now That’s Ugly Society – have donated more than $ 250,000 to programs such as Basics for Babies, The Salvation Army, Make-A-Wish and Children’s Wish Foundation, the latter saw a woman with Cancer going to Disneyland and men they and their daughter before she died.

The development work is so well known that the city of Vancouver and the provincial government declared Wednesday Wednesday in December as a Day without Violence.
Now, the couple has another fundraiser under the sign of Ugly: a children’s book.

Released last month, The Ugly Christmas Sweater Rebellion is a children’s educational program that people preach – for example, giving, (reconnecting) to connect and be kind.

Written by the couple and a spirit medium in March, with illustrations from Adam Record, the story follows a bad Christmas sweater that, along with their friends, is in a grocery store. “They don’t like what they see in the lack of connectivity, and their interest in sports and electronics,” Boyd told Tri-City News last week.

But soon, the doves carry the coat to the babies; However, Scott does not receive one so he asks his grandmother to tie him a sweater along with the others.

This written book, along with a simple and interesting description, contains good news and is designed for children two years of age or older. “We want to establish the values ​​of our groups and educate the next generation,” said Boyd, a co-founder.

The book, which is part of the fundraiser to help feed needy children, is available in hard and soft books via Amazon.ca, as well as at The Village Toy Shop (262 Newport Dr., Port Moody); Parkside Restaurant (2731 Murray St., Port Moody); Western Sky Books (2850 Shaughnessy St., Port Coquitlam); and Patina Brewing (2332 Marpole Ave., Port Coquitlam).

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In the meantime, due to the global epidemic, Ugly Christmas Sweater Dash 2020 is available. Students can sign up to 5k / run, hit a treadmill, rail or road with a bad Christmas sweatshirt and earn money from the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation, until January 1, 2021. And those who share it online are Dec. 25 will be eligible to win prizes. This year’s enrollment includes the evil Christmas shells and running gear. It costs $ 30 for adults, $ 20 for youth and $ 5 for children.

• Visit uglychristmassweaterbook.com/events.

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