West Goshen Man’s Massive Christmas Display Benefits West Chester Food Cupboard
West Goshen Township resident Jim Whalen has once again set up a massive Christmas display in his front yard to benefit the West Chester Food Cupboard, writes Bill Rettew for the Daily Local News.
For 21 years, Whalen has been happy to show off his collection of holiday decorations. Several years ago, he added a collection box to the display, encouraging visitors to donate non-perishable foods for the local food cupboard.
“I convinced everybody three years ago to make a sign and put a barrel out there and collect for the food bank,” Whalen said. “There are a lot of people hurting. We need to fill up that food cupboard.”
In the first year, he collected 550 pounds of food. Last year, that number climbed to 600 pounds, and so far this year, he has collected 400 pounds.
The project is also now a team effort, with East Side Little League, Rustin High School students, and the community all helping out.
“It’s more important, especially this year with COVID,” said Michael Vitullo, a Rustin student who donated his time to help out.
Read more about the Christmas display in the Daily Local News here.
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