Push encouraged for end-of-year food donations at Paynes’ light show

YORK – Again this year, Bill and Christi Payne have treated the public to their spectacular light show at their home located at 1221 North Ohio Avenue. The dazzling display of lights, which are in sync with music, are a seasonal favorite each year.

Incorporated with their light show is a food drive, to support the food pantry in York County. Typically, they collect more than 2,000 pounds. This year hasn’t been the case, so far, as they have received far less than that amount.

“We had a good push last weekend, over Christmas, but we still are nowhere near where we usually are,” Christi Payne said Thursday. “We are going to be collecting through New Year’s, so we are hoping people will still come out and make donations before then.”

This year’s goal is to reach 2,023 pounds. Last year, they collected 2,022 pounds.

All the collections benefit those in need in this community, as the collections stay local for local use.

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

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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