TIPP CITY — The Miami County Park District staff delivered two truckloads of non-perishable food items to the Bethel Hope Food Pantry in Tipp City and one to the Depot in Bradford on Monday. The items were collected at last weekend’s Evening of Lights at Charleston Falls Preserve.
In the spirit of the season, visitors attending the event were encouraged to donate a food item to help those in need. The park district collected enough donations to fill two trucks and one SUV.
J. Scott Myers, the executive director of the Miami County Park District, said, “Many families across Miami County will benefit from the overwhelming generosity shown by visitors. Thanks to all who participated.”
According to Myers, the amount of food collected was a direct result of the record-breaking attendance.
“In the 17 years we have been holding the event, we’ve never had this level of attendance.”
Last year, an estimated 3,400 people came to the event.
“When the final count comes in for this year, it is expected to exceed the previous record by a large margin,” Myers said.
The effect of the increased attendance was unusually long lines. Myers stated that they extended the event by two hours to accommodate those who had been waiting to see Santa and the falls.
“With that kind of attendance, we will have to evaluate the logistics of the event for next year,” Myers said.
Bethel Hope and the Depot provide food and financial assistance to those in need throughout Miami County.