Tess Osinski, Karen McCausland, Erika Wezenski, and Beth Rafferty from the Orange Congregational Church with Chris Small (the tall man).
The Orange Congregational Church’s Youth Group (PF) has teamed with Chris Small of 360 Lincoln Road in Orange to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County.
Small has created a light show synced to music that is available on radio upon arriving at the residence (98.1). His display includes 26,000 LED lights and 95 plastic blow molds, which serve their own individual purpose in every song.
Last year, the proceeds raised went to offsetting the cost of the show. However this year, Small is proud that he is donating all of the funds to charity.
Half the proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity’s Youth United, which is composed of people, ages 8-25, including the members of the OCC Youth Group. The other half will go to the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society, which raises money for research to find a cure.
Regarding the donations being made Small said, “It’s a different kind of feeling. It’s definitely a better feeling… The cost isn’t an aspect of it.” He looks forward to handing over the check once the show has closed, and sees the light show as a way of giving back to the community.
The Orange Congregational Church Youth Group is working hard to raise funds to contribute to a $10,000 matching grant offered to Habitat of CFC by State Farm Insurance Company, donations will be match dollar for dollar.
“I think it’s great how Chris is doing this, especially in tough times where money is tight. He is giving money to people who he doesn’t know out of the goodness of his heart, and I respect that,” said Tess Osinski, a member of Youth United, “We hope we can get a great turnout in the next three weeks from not only Orange residents, but New Haven County as a whole.” Weather permitting the show will continue until the beginning of January.
For more information go to Lincoln Light’s Facebook page