Push made for Paynes’ annual light show and food drive as donations are less than normal, at this point

YORK – Much to the excitement and sheer delight of the public, Bill and Christi Payne’s popular light show and food drive is well underway at 1221 North Ohio Avenue.

This dazzling display of lights – completely in sync with music – is a seasonal favorite which evolves each year.

And each year, the Paynes collect thousands of pounds of food for the local pantry.

This year, they are trying to reach a goal of 2023 pounds, Christi says.

But the donations, at this point, are well below normal, only at 210 pounds so far. They are hoping for a big push this week and this weekend, as Christmas actually arrives.

“This is a very doable goal as the previous year, we collected 2022 physical pounds,” she said. “Of course, we always want to do better than previous years, so if we exceed the goal of 2023 pounds, it only benefits those in need around the holiday season.”

The Paynes said they want to thank everyone who has donated in the past, “and our food bank is very thankful as well.”

All the funds and donated food stays here in York County, at the Blue Valley Community Action food pantry.

Check out their Facebook group page – Lights On Ohio. Participants might have to request to become a member.

The light show started Nov. 25 and will run until the last week in December. Christi said Santa will make an appearance on Dec. 23, between 5 and 8 p.m.

A donation box is located outside, near the street, for those who want to participate.

Coinciding with the food drive is a collaboration with RPE Fitness, for the second year. For every pound donated, RPE Fitness patrons have pledged they would row 100 meters. Last year, they rowed 100 meters for each of the 2,022 pounds. “Lots of sweat and time went into the pledge, but they were successful and happy to help the food drive by also donating several hundred pounds to the cause,” Christi said. “Let’s make them row 2,023 meters or more! Tis’ the season for giving!”




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