45,000 luminaries light up Cheshire to benefit community

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CHESHIRE, Conn. (WTNH) — Lights of Hope is a fundraiser that benefits various Cheshire organizations that help people: Cheshire Youth Services, the Cheshire Food Pantry, the Petit Family Foundation, and others. Saturday, high school students in Cheshire set up 40,000 luminaries around the town in preparation for the event.

You could see the excitement and pride on their faces. News 8 meeting students from Temple Beth David in Cheshire spending their Saturday afternoon doing something positive for their town.

“It’s really nice to know that we could benefit the community,” said Eva Curran.

Curran and her friends were placing luminaries on the grass downtown. They joined many other people who did the same thing Saturday afternoon.

When nightfall hit, you could see the true beauty of their efforts when 45,000 luminaries lit up Cheshire.

“I look at each one of these and they’re all done with love and hope,” said Don Walsh, who created Lights of Hope with his wife, Jenifer in 2005.

The money raised at Lights of Hope goes to student scholarships. The luminaries cost a dollar each for people to pick up and display. That means this year’s effort has made at least $45,000.

“There’s a lot of good thing they can do with that money to help those in need,” Walsh said.

Lights of Hope has raised close to a million dollars since it started in 2005. It is considered to be a source of pride in Cheshire that brings the community together.

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