CONNEAUT — The “Lights of Love” program will shine a little brighter this year, thanks to the Thompson-Smith-Nesbitt Funeral Home in Conneaut.
The funeral home has purchased candleholders that will be used during the annual holiday program that will follow the city’s Christmas parade on Nov. 28. “Lights” is a fundraiser for the Conneaut Area Chamber of Commerce. People gather outside Conneaut Savings Bank on downtown Main Street to watch the lighting of the community Christmas tree and sing carols. The Conneaut High School Marching Band will perform.
Candles and candleholders are handed out at the start of the program, and over the years the inventory of the little, transparent wind shields has dwindled, said Wendy DuBey, Chamber executive director. Thompson-Smith-Nesbitt staff has assisted the program in other ways over the years, from overseeing the stringing of lights on the “Lights” tree to providing free hot chocolate to all the participants.
“We go through about 10 gallons of hot chocolate, depending on the weather,” said Eric Nesbitt, laughing.
For a donation, people can purchase a wooden ornament crafted by CHS wood shop students, as well as a light on the tree in honor or memory of a loved one. The event is one of the bigger fundraisers for the Chamber, DuBey said. “Lights” are available at the Chamber office, Main and Washington street, and also on the evening of the ceremony.
The funeral home became active in the “Lights” event when Stephanie Nesbitt served on the Chamber board.
“It’s something we enjoy doing,” she said.