Paducah Power System’s Christmas in the Park event generated $44,175 and 76,595 pounds of food for local helping agencies. That’s a new record for money collected at the event and the second highest canned good total ever collected.
The food and monetary donations were gathered through three activities: the lighting displays at Noble Park, the School Challenge and Stuff-The-Truck. A significant portion of the food, 41,240 pounds, came from local schools competing in the Challenge. The largest contribution of food for Stuff-The-Truck came from Baptist Health Paducah employees.
“Christmas in the Park is a community event, and each year, we are simply amazed at what is accomplished by so many people, of all ages, working together toward one goal,” said Andrea Underwood, Director of Human Resources and Community Relations for Paducah Power System. “The lights are a gift to this region, and, in return, the generosity of this community provides helping agencies with money for utility assistance and a three-to-four-month supply of food.”
Proceeds from Christmas in the Park will be divided among Paducah Cooperative Ministry, the Salvation Army, Family Service Society and St. Vincent DePaul Society. Delivery of the food is being coordinated now with the assistance of Wagner Moving and Storage, Supply Solutions and McKeel Equipment which help to transport the food and unload it at the helping agencies.