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Late Thanksgiving leads to average year for Rotary Lights donations

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – Rotary Lights will shine in Riverside Park for nine more nights.

To see the lights, people are asked to bring a non-perishable food item or donate money.

Rotary Lights President Pat Stephens said last year was a banner year for the display.

They collected more than 226,000 food items and $100,000 in donations.

But this year, Thanksgiving fell late, pushing the holiday display back six days. That meant Rotary Lights was down donations for November and part of December.

As the holidays neared, Stephens said donations have finally caught up – it will just be a more modest haul.

"Still the generosity is overwhelming," Stephens said. "And I don't hear any of the food pantries complaining. They are getting some nice donations. The shelves are filling."

Rotary Lights will run until 1 a.m. New Year's Day.

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