Studio 21 Architects held their 5th annual Gingerbread House Building Event on December 9th with the biggest turn out yet. A total of 82 children built their gingerbread dream homes by the time the day was over.
Each child was given a cardboard base, several rectangular-shaped foam blocks, a selection of additional geometric-shaped foam blocks and proceeded to create their unique Gingerbread House design. As can be seen on our Studio21 Architects Facebook page, no two are alike. Once the design was complete, they were then covered in graham crackers and decorated with frosting and candy.
Our event was again a big success because of the efforts of our hardworking staff and numerous volunteers. We prepared in advance by cutting foam and cardboard, others greeted guests and gave them guidance, while others mixed frosting and kept the candy dishes full. In the end, the sticky floors and general disarray in the office was all worth the effort!
Although the event was free to attend, we did ask for either toy donations to Toys for Tots or a monetary donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities. The generosity was tremendous as we were able to fill three large boxes of toys, and our donation to Ronald McDonald House totaled $500.00.
What surprised me more than the creativity and fun that occurred at our office was the pure emotional joy that overwhelmed me when I saw photos of some of the kids at the Ronald McDonald’s House in Winfield. Along with the monetary donation, we provided them with supplies to build their own Gingerbread Houses. These are kids facing huge challenges in their lives and I am happy we provided a little bit of joy and diversion to their day.
I love this event! It’s my official beginning of the holiday season, watching the kids of various ages put together their masterpiece creations. It was inspiring to see many families return for multiple years, as this has become part of their tradition. I somehow believe one of these wonderful children will become an aspiring architect and come back as an intern at our office to kick start their career. Who knows?