Lights Are Off, Now It's Time To Share The Bounty

Lights Are Off, Now It's Time To Share The Bounty

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First they lit up Christmas and Wednesday they distributed more than a ton of food and checks totaling $18,000 to area food pantries.

Food pantries start showing up early at Lisbon's Hepburn Library.

The bounty handed out was donated by fans of the annual Lights on the River display.

It lights up the St. Lawrence River shoreline at Lisbon Beach for a week in December and is a favorite with families.

Businesses and other groups sponsor the displays and food pantries across St. Lawrence County benefit

“I think it teaches the kids that it's important to be part of the community,” Bob Santamoor said, “and part of that community is giving to folks who are in greater need than you are.”

Santamoor said it's unfortunate, but it appears the need for food pantry donations in on the rise.

“Last year we had 14 food pantries,” he said. “This year we had 15 food pantries.”

This was the eighth year for Lights on the River. The organization has distributed more than $140,000 and tons of food over that time.

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