Thursday, December 12, 2013

See Rotary Lights, Empty Your Pantry Before Break, by Melissa Koch

Students looking to clear out their cabinets before winter break can do so by visiting the Rotary Lights display put on this month at Riverside Park. Non-perishable donations to be given to fourteen area food pantries will be collected at the display by the Rotary Club.

The Rotary Lights were first displayed in 1995. Since that time, the Club has acquired over 2 million food items. Last season 232,580 food items were collected.

UW-L senior Krystal Simos has made seeing the Rotary Lights a tradition. “My roommates and I go to see the Rotary Lights every year. It’s a great break from studying for finals!” Simos also sees the benefit others receive when she goes to see the lights. She says, bringing food donations “is a great way to help those in need during the holiday season.”

The lights are displayed annually beginning after Thanksgiving and continuing until New Year’s Eve. Admission is free. The lights turn on at 5 pm and can be seen until the park closes at 10. Visitors have the choice to walk or drive around the display.