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Project Porchlight happening 35th year on Wednesday night

Check your lights and get your donations wrapped—the 35th annual Project Porchlight is returning to Huntsville and Lake of Bays.

Starting at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, the Huntsville Lake of Bays Fire Department will go door to door across both municipalities with emergency services, public works, and other volunteers, collecting food donations for the Salvation Army Food Bank.

“Really, what we need from them is to collect some food, have it on your porch or at the end of your driveway by Wednesday night, and turn your porchlight on,” says Deputy Fire Chief Paul Calleja. “You’ll hear sirens, you’ll see lights around town—that’s us. We’ll pick it up, we’re going to wave from the road, and then we’re going to keep going.”

According to Calleja, they’re hoping to get between 38 to 40 tons of non-perishables. In most years, he says the not-for-profit might provide a list of most-needed items, but that is not the case this year.

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“Some years they are fairly specific. But with the overall state of the economy, and food, and the challenges that we’re seeing on that front, really the need is right across the board,” says Calleja. “So just about any type of non-perishable food item, they’re after. If there’s any way people could help us, that would be wonderful.”

If crews miss your address, Calleja says you can call the fire department at 705-789-5201 to have them come back for your donation. He adds you can also drop off food in bins at any of the department’s fire halls, or directly at the food bank.

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