The lights may be out on the 3rd Annual Lights on the River, but the magic still shines bright with this year’s food pantry donations. Lights on the River was able to donate $16,200 to the 8 food pantries & 2 backpack programs this year, which is $200 short of has been donated the first 2 years combined. In addition to the monetary donations, there was also approximately 3700 pounds of food that was also distributed to the food pantries.
This year there were 8 food pantries that received donations: Lisbon Food Pantry, Ogdensburg Neighborhood Center, Ogdensburg Salvation Army, Canton Neighborhood Center, Canton Church & Family Program, Heuvelton Food Pantry, Waddington Family Resource Center and Hammond Food Pantry. Also receiving donations were the Lisbon & Madill Backpack Programs. The Food Pantry in Madrid declined assistance this year as they felt they did not need the help as much as some of the other food pantries.
“None of this could be done without the support of the Lisbon community and all the other surrounding communities. From the displays in the event, the sponsors who help make it happen, to the thousands of visitors from communities in St. Lawrence County, Southern Ontario & everyone else who came to see the lights.” said Scott Wilhelm, Lights on the River President. “Year after year for three years now I’ve been absolutely amazed at the generosity the community shows for those in need in their community.” Amy Fortin, Vice President, added.
This year’s event attracted an estimated 15,000 people from Northern New York & Southern Ontario. Also, those visiting from out of the area, and visitors who decided to stop in to see what all the lights were when they either saw the lights from the road or across the river from the Canadian side.
This year was a phenomenal success again, and could not have been accomplished without everyone in the community. The Lights on the River committee appreciates all the support that has been provided from all the communities who made this happen.