Cheshire streets twinkle with generosity, hope during 14th annual luminary event

November 10, 2018 08:09PM
By Steven Scarpa, Record-Journal staff

CHESHIRE — Once again Cheshire was illuminated by electricity and generosity Saturday.

For the fourteenth year, volunteers fanned out in the afternoon, placing luminaries — tiny 15-hour burning candles — all around town. Each luminary signifies a donation to Cheshire’s Lights of Hope, which in turn supports local community organizations that need the help.

This was a year of growth for the non-profit. Due to increased community participation, Cheshire’s Lights of Hope was able to increase its donation to the three primary recipients of the group’s philanthropy — Cheshire Community Food Pantry ($14,000), Cheshire Youth and Social Services ($14,000), and the Petit Family Foundation ($8,500). The money raised also go towards two $2,000 scholarships for volunteer-oriented high school seniors.

“We like to see how we are specifically helping someone in our community,” said founder Don Walsh, president of Cheshire’s Lights of Hope.

People are quick to point out that there are needs in town that aren’t immediately apparent that Cheshire’s Lights of Hope can help with.

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