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Drive-thru Christmas Light display opens Wednesday at Olson Park

Event is coordinated by Love In the Name of Christ.

WORTHINGTON — For the second consecutive year, Love INC (Love In the Name of Christ) of Worthington will host a drive-thru Christmas light display at the Olson Park campground along Crailsheim Road.

Introduced last year in place of the organization’s annual Christmas Tree Forest due to the global pandemic and social distancing requirements, the drive-thru display proved to be a hit, according to Love INC’s executive director Greg Wede. It’s why they decided to do it again this year.

“It was such a good event last year, so we’re looking forward to it again this year,” Wede shared.

As of Wednesday, 15 local businesses and organizations had reserved a spot for a light display. Wede said they are hoping for more and, even though registrations were due on Friday, they will still accept them.

The light display is a fundraiser for Love INC, with proceeds going into the organization’s general fund to help pay salaries, expenses and address immediate needs in the community. Love INC is a clearinghouse that works with churches to provide everything from cleaning supplies to furnishings for people in need. In addition to receiving help with home goods, recipients take part in classes to learn money management and related skills.

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“During COVID, in addition to shutting down our volunteer drivers, we came up with a gas card voucher,” Wede said. “If we couldn’t give rides, we could give them a voucher to get some gas in their tank.

“We will also pick up diapers for specific instances for families who are in need of those things,” he added.

The theme for this year’s light display, Celebrate God’s Works, is taken from Psalms 104:24 — “Lord, how many are your works.”

The display will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 1-4 at Olson Park, 951 Crailsheim Road, Worthington. Entry is a freewill donation.

To host a display, visit loveincw.org/light-display or call (507) 727-7291. There is no registration fee. Each participant will be assigned one campsite with full electric hookups.

Also this year, Kiwanis members will once again be selling Christmas trees and other décor constructed from wood pallets.

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