World's largest gingerbread house keeps on giving back

POSTED: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 4:28pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 11:13pm

The world's largest gingerbread house in Bryan raised more than $200,000 for St. Joseph's Level II Trauma Center and the house isn't done benefiting the community just yet.

After months of planning and hours of building the world's largest gingerbread house the time has come for the cookie to crumble but not without giving back to the community even more than it already has.

"We never were quite sure what we were going to do when we were finished but early on we did feel like there was a lot of good materials that we thought could help somebody," said Traditions general manager, Bill Horton. 

Horton says all the building materials from the gingerbread house will be donated to Habitat for Humanity, giving the world record breaker a second life.

"For this to now turn full circle and to help again is unbelievable," said Horton. 

Ryan Pierce with Habitat for Humanity says the donation is a tremendous help for the organization which relies solely on the generosity of others.

"These kinds of contributions is what makes it work because we can't build without our community helping out," said Pierce. "We rely completely on local individuals and businesses and we couldn't do it without them."

And while Horton says it's bittersweet to see the house being taken apart he says it's only fitting to give the donated materials they received to someone else.

"It's a little sad to see it go but honestly, I've spent a lot of waking hours thinking about the next one," Horton said. 


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