(November 26, 2012) – From now until January 3, 2013, visitors to the Richmond City Hall will be able to view 30 beautifully decorated Christmas trees participating in the 12th annual Winter Wonderland organized by the Rotary Club of Richmond Sunset.

As part of giving back to the community, Aspac Developments has been the Event Sponsor of this community event for the fourth year in a row. “Aspac is proud to take part in the festivities as the funds go towards helping different charitable organizations both locally and abroad,” says Raymond Li, Senior Vice President of Aspac Developments.

Instead of a traditional Christmas tree, the staff at River Green Story Centre came up with the idea of building the tree entirely with canned food. With the support of Save-on-Foods at Terra Nova, more than 2,000 cans have been used; it is the joint effort of seven people to construct the 7½ ft. tall tree in 4½ hours. After the event, all the cans will be donated to the Richmond Food Bank.

“We feel this new concept of “charity within charity” is wonderful because we can support more people who are in need in one go. While we work and live in the wonderful city of Richmond, we hear that the number of Canadians using food banks is growing, especially in British Columbia, according to the latest Hunger Report from Food Banks Canada. We also hope that other businesses will join in and give generously over the holiday season,” adds Li.

“The Richmond Food Bank relies on our community’s support to provide our service. In an average week we are serving more than 1,270 individuals, including single persons and families, young children and elderly people who need help to get through a hard time. With nourishing food, children can thrive and adults remain engaged in community life, despite low family income,” says Margaret Hewlett, Executive Director of Richmond Food Bank Society.

Aspac Developments, a renowned real estate developer based in Vancouver, is currently building the community of River Green next to the Richmond Olympic Oval over the next 10-15 years.