Along with creating holiday cheer, two area holiday light displays accepted donations for local food pantries.
A display on Strawberry Lane in Southington has been collecting food for the Southington Food Pantry since 2016 when the display started attracting attention. This year Nicole Woodruff, who hosts the display, said they collected 1,537 pounds of food.
“The total amount of food we’ve collected over the past years I would have to say is between 4,000 to 5,000 pounds,” Woodruff said.
Krysta Tsangarides, food pantry worker, said that donations from Strawberry Lane came in throughout the holiday season.
“They came in with boxes of canned vegetables, canned fruit, snacks,” Tsangarides said. “... Mac and cheese, cereal, everything.”
Woodruff was appreciative of all of the donations.
“… a lot of people were struggling this past year with COVID-19...I think with our house creating a place where people can come and actually remember what holidays are all about made them want to donate more and help the community,” she said.
Joshua Brunelle, of Joshua’s Christmas Display in Plainville, collected 1,290 pounds of food for the Plainville Food Pantry.
Brunelle has been accepting food donations at his holiday light display for about five years.
“I think last year we were a little under 1,000 (pounds) and in the past, it was definitely lower,” Brunelle said. “So this year has definitely been one of the higher years.”
Susie Woerz, executive director of the Plainville Food Pantry, said donations from Brunelle’s light display were impactful.
“There’s a lot of food being given out...” Woerz said. “The food is needed. There are a lot of people that are still unemployed and are utilizing our facility.”
With COVID-19 still on the rise, Brunelle hopes that the food donations will help those in need.
“With COVID, people are having troubles,” Brunelle said. “I hope the donations will help out people who are in need of the food.”