The United Way of Northern New York and Cargill Inc., have teamed up to provide $2,500 to the fourth annual “Lights on the River” so that food pantries throughout St. Lawrence County will be stocked in time for Christmas.
United Way CEO Bob Gorman and Greta Schrader, business support associate with Cargill in Gouverneur, gave Lights on the River President Scott Wilhelm a check Tuesday in Canton, the largest donation Lights has received this year. Joining them was Norma Cary, executive director of St. Lawrence County Community Development Program.
“Thanks to the United Way and Cargill, we are able to expand our outreach in St. Lawrence County to add two more neighborhood centers in Gouverneur and Massena,” said Wilhelm. “Their generosity will help feed hundreds more families who are in need this holiday season.”
The United Way had been working with Cargill employees in Gouverneur to develop a food drive in St. Lawrence County when Wilhelm contacted the United Way for financial support for his annual event.
“Scott’s program was just what we were looking for,” said Gorman. “We then got the St.
Lawrence CDP involved so that Lights could expand its reach to more food pantries.”
Lights on the River, which begins Dec. 14 and lasts nine nights, is a holiday festival of lighted displays at Lisbon Beach northeast of Ogdensburg. There is no admission, but donations are accepted with proceeds also going to food pantries in Canton, Hammond, Heuvelton, Lisbon, Norwood-Norfolk, Ogdensburg and Waddington. More than $30,000 has been raised to buy food in the last three years.
For information on the event go to http://lightsontheriver.org
According to its website, “Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services throughout the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, we help people thrive by applying our insights and nearly 150 years of experience. We have 142,000 employees in 67 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work.”