You could call it “Christmas in March.”
The organizers of Rotary Lights handed out dozens of checks on Tuesday to local charities, distributing money that was raised during the holiday light display at Riverside Park last year.
Rotary Lights president Pat Stephens says the groups were invited to the Radisson for one big giveaway, because normally they would receive those checks during the year at regular Rotary Club meetings, but most local Rotary clubs have not met in person lately because of COVID-19.
The checks totalled about $90,000 in cash donations.
Stephens says 2020 was the best year for food donations yet, despite the pandemic, with 300-thousand pounds of food collected for 14 area pantries.