As the holiday season approaches, the Village of Scotia is poised to shine brighter than ever with the annual Village Lights event and fundraiser for Scotia Relief. This heartwarming event, initiated in 2022, draws inspiration from the holiday tradition found in many village neighborhoods of lighting the way for Santa by placing a single white luminary on the front lawn on Christmas Eve. The funds raised for Scotia Relief provide assistance to neighbors in need of daily living supplies, including vouchers for food, clothing, heating fuel, and school supplies.

The essence of the holidays is encapsulated in the warmth of light, happiness, and joy. However, for some, this time of year may be marked by struggle and darkness. Recognizing the power of community, Village Lights is a beacon of hope for those facing unexpected challenges this holiday season. The collective glow symbolizes the unity of the community and serves as a reminder that, even in difficult times, the village stands strong together.

What sets Village Lights apart is its dual purpose — not only does it brighten the neighborhood, but it also serves as a fundraiser for Scotia Relief. This charitable organization has been making a significant impact since its inception during the Great Depression, providing relief to those in need and embodying the true spirit of neighbors helping neighbors.

“We believe that together, as a village, we can dispel darkness by shining our own light of kindness into the streets. The holidays are a time for generosity and compassion, and Village Lights allows us to extend a helping hand to those who may be facing challenges during this season,” said Trustee Justin Cook, who started Village Lights in 2022 with Maria Schmitz, the Village Clerk-Treasurer. Schmitz also serves on the board of Scotia Relief.

Neighbors in Scotia-Glenville and surrounding communities are encouraged to contribute a donation of at least $5 to Scotia Relief. In return for your donation, you will receive a Village Lights Luminary Kit, comprising a white paper bag and a battery-powered LED tea light to be display on your lawn on Christmas Eve. Contributions can be made in person at the Village Clerk’s Office at Village Hall, Monday to Friday from 8 am to 4 pm, starting Monday, December 4, 2023. Neighbors can also make their donation and pick up their Village Lights Luminary kit at the Village Holiday Tree Lighting at Holiday on the Ave, this Sunday, December 3, 2023, at 4:45 pm near First National Bank of Scotia.