April 22nd, 2018

Park Meadows Light Display raises nearly $6,500 for Hat food bank

By Mo Cranker on January 10, 2017.

Medicine Hat News

Every year at Christmas time, the Park Meadows Light Display is one of the biggest attractions in the city.

Alongside the lights is the ability to donate to the Medicine Hat and District Food Bank. This year the community raised nearly $6,500 for the organization’s Brown Bag Lunch Program.

“We started this 20 years ago and have helped a few different organizations,” said Art Ausmus, one of the organizers for the light display.

Ausmus says he likes seeing the money going to the food bank, because he knows how many children will see the benefit.

“This is a really great cause,” said Ausmus. “I have 10 grandchildren myself and although it is sad to see some parents not be able to provide a lunch — that’s where the food bank steps in and helps out.”

Co-executive director for the food bank Tammy Vanderloh says the support from the Park Meadows community helps the people at the food bank do what they do best.

“It’s amazing as an organization to see this kind of support from the community,” she said. “Without fundraisers like this, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do, which is helping people.”

The Brown Bag Program helps students in local schools get a free lunch, with each meal costing the food bank just $1.

“Feeding hungry children in our community is a priority,” she said. “Kids learn better when they can focus on their work, and are not thinking about being hungry or not having a lunch.”

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