Life-size gingerbread house to be auctioned for charity

VAN ALSTYNE, Tex. (KXII) - A life-size gingerbread house is making its public debut this Saturday, in three Christmas parades. But after that, the air conditioning company behind it hopes it will be put to good use.

"We wanted something a little bit bigger than a dog house, but it ended up much bigger than that," said Sergio Perez, owner of Airview Air Conditioning in Van Alstyne.

Standing at 16-feet tall, 12-feet long and 8-feet wide, it is no standard gingerbread house. Made of plywood, the life-size gingerbread home will be featured in three different Holiday parades, starting in Anna and ending in Howe, Texas.

The float cost Air View Air Conditioning close to $1,500 out of pocket. Something that owners Sergio and Monica Perez say they hope will go right back to the community.

"And once it was done we thought, what can we do for the community, since they do so much for us." Monica Perez said.

The company is planning on a silent auction, asking anyone interested in the house to send them an email, with hopes of donating all the proceeds to the Grayson County Children's Advocacy center - which helps victims of child abuse. Perez said the shelter has helped a few of her employees in the past. So they wanted to give back.

"The holidays are coming, and we know that there's a lot of children and maybe families that could use some help.. and we would like to be able to do our part," said Sergio Perez.

Air View Air Conditioning has been serving Van Alstyne for three years and the Perez's said they wouldn't be around if it weren't for the community's support. As for why it wasn't made of real gingerbread, the Perez's said maybe next year they'll give it a try.

"Oh man, if it was edible, man, we'd be picking up a few pounds," said Sergio.

If you would like to bid on the gingerbread house, you can send a message to < ahref="https://www.facebook.com/airviewac/">Air View A/C's facebook page or email sergio@airviewac.com.

Bidding will go until December 19th, and a winner will be notified on the 20th.

You can also check out the float at the Anna, Van Alstyne and Howe parades on Saturday, December 12th. Anna's parade will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Van Alstyne's is at 2 p.m. and Howe's parade goes from 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.