One big donation earlier this month helped push the Hannah's Heroes Foundation annual Christmas card fundraiser over $20,000.
On Sunday, Dec. 2, volunteer foundation members were selling the cards outside the Safeway in Tsawwassen when firefighters with the Delta Firefighters' Charitable Society rolled up in a fire truck with a $2,500 donation.
With that donation and this year's card sales, the fundraiser, which has been taking place annually since 2006, has raised more than $21,000.
The Hannah's Heroes Foundation was established in September 2007 in memory of Hannah Hatlen. The little girl from Tsawwassen was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer at age four and died at year later.
The Christmas card tradition started in 2006. Hannah was in kindergarten at Beach Grove Elementary and when one student saw that she was sick, he decided that something needed to be done to help.
That year, the kids in Hannah's class drew Christmas pictures, which were made into cards and sold to raise money for her family.
The practice became a tradition and an annual fundraiser for the foundation.
Foundation member Nichole Windblad said the Delta Firefighters' Charitable Society also decided to sponsor next year's Christmas card fundraiser.
"The DFCS has supported Hannah's Heroes in the past with our previous year's golf tournaments and continues to be active within Delta with their charitable donations," she said. "We are honoured to receive this donation and to work beside them to help our community."