We’re Collecting Canned Goods at Christmas in the Park to Help Local Food Pantries

Paducah Bankers are volunteering from 6 to 10 p.m. tonight (12.1.17) at Noble Park’s Christmas in the Park to collect canned goods and money to stock area food pantries.

Each year, Paducah Power System sponsors a magnificent display of Christmas lights in Paducah’s Noble Park.

Christmas in the Park began in 1997 with Christmas lights donated by JF “Doc” Hicks and Jimmy Kinsey.  Both men had displays at their homes for many years.  Over the years, PPS has purchased many new displays and added several from corporate sponsors, and now, a half million twinkling bulbs illuminate the park between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day each holiday season.  Thousands of people visit the event, making it a holiday favorite for people of all ages.  In 2015, Paducah Sun readers voted it their favorite community holiday tradition.

During Christmas in the Park, PPS employees and community volunteers man the Santa House at the park, collecting donations of money and nonperishable food for area helping agencies.  To date, Christmas in the Park has generated $575,146 and 757,050 pounds of food for local food pantries.  In 2016, the event raised 66,893 pounds of food and $43,752.   All donations from Christmas in the Park activities go to Paducah Cooperative Ministry, Family Service Society, the Salvation Army and St. Vincent DePaul Society.

Be sure to also check out our light display, featuring Santa himself!