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Gubser neighborhood rakes in food, cash for Food Share

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The Gubser Miracle of Lights Christmas had a banner 2017 season resulting in a major donation to the Marion-polk Food Share at the Greater Gubser Neighborhood Association last week.

The 24-day run of the lights display yielded financial donations of $28,926.79 (an average of more than $1,000 per day) and record 27,180 pounds of donated food. Volunteers tending the donation booth also gave out a record 34,000 candy canes.

The cash donation is equivalent to more than 109,000 meals for local families in need, said Rick Guapo, president of the food share.

In the past five years, the Miracle of Light has generated more than 500,000 meals. The organizers were honored with the Oregon Food Bank Association’s Hunger Buster Award in 2017.

More than 80 percent of the homes along the display route participated in the 2017 display.

Sponsors this year included:   Dana Burk representing Keller Williams, Brenda Oleman representing Serenity Cleaning, Maps Credit Union, Lisa and Devin Campbell representing Print Specialties, Gerald Nichols representing McKinley Landscape, John representing JK Timber and Lisa Lathan representing HomeSmart Reality.