Northern Coloradans aren't the only ones staying at home...gingerbread have to too. But, they need their houses made first.

The Fort Collins Eyeopeners Kiwanis Club's Gingerbread Home for the Holidays Event returns to the Foothills Mall from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec 5.

While there won't be an in-person decorating competition this year, sponsors of the event will still showcase their gingerbread creations at the mall for the public to enjoy throughout Dec. 21.

Once the houses are on display, visitors to the mall will be able to vote for their favorite decoration online. 

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Fort Collins Eyeopeners Kiwanis Club, which works to serve youth, families, and the community of Northern Colorado.

"One of the things that we do is sponsoring the high school Key Clubs. I have seen people that were afraid to get up in front of an organization...just blossom into amazing, young individuals," said Jim O'Neill, club member and chairman of the event, in our "Tuned In to NoCo" interview. "When people think that the world maybe isn't going to be a better place...if you look at these young high school students and their ideas for the future, we're really in good hands with our upcoming youth."

On top of working with NoCo's Key Clubs, the organization sponsors various community service projects, including the Fishing Derby, Colorado Feeding Kids Food Packing Event, and the distribution of the Swimsuit Lesson Book.

Businesses can help the club support these projects by sponsoring (and decorating) a gingerbread house for this year's event. Townsquare Media will have one on display, so be on the lookout at the Foothills Mall.

To learn more about the Fort Collins Eyeopeners Kiwanis Club's Gingerbread Home for the Holidays Event, listen to the full "Tuned In to NoCo" interview with Jim O'Neill below.

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