Oak Ridge Town Hall hosts Christmas celebration

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As a tradition, the Oak Ridge Town Hall holds a luminary event called “Light Up the Night.” Luminaries are installed and lit throughout the Oak Ridge Town Park, which is the main event. However, due to weather conditions, this year’s “Light Up the Night” was moved indoors to the Oak Ridge Town Hall. The weather prevented the luminaries from being lit, but it didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits.


Upon entering the town hall, the sounds of children laughing and live music playing filled the air. Santa was listening to each kid’s wish list while their parents snapped a picture. Families and friends were able to enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Several people at the event helped set up the event in the morning and came back in the evening to celebrate, like community member Stephanie Cook.

“(My favorite part) is just being together with all of the community,” Cook said.

The admission to the event was a donation of non-perishabl

(My favorite part) is just being together with all of the community”

— Stephanie Cook

e food to Good Samaritan Ministries (GSM) food pantry, cash donations also being accepted. Good Samaritan Ministries is a group of churches, businesses and individuals that combine efforts to help provide services for those who live within a ten-mile radius of the twelve churches involved. Made up only of volunteers, these people truly care about making GSM a success in the local community. The GSM helps Oak Ridge, Summerfield, Stokesdale and some of Madison.

“People call us for rent, utility bills, things like that,” treasurer of GSM of Oak Ridge, Inc. Terri Johnson said. “We have a food pantry and clothing pantry. We take donations of clothes and foods. The churches provide the foods to specific groups and schools.”

The food pantry and clothing pantry are open on the last Saturday of every month, from 9:00-10:30. Good Samaritan Ministries encourages those who have a need or are interested in helping others to contact them.

Oak Ridge Town Hall donated all non-perishable food items and money donations to Good Samaritan Ministries.

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