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LED Holiday Light Giveaway
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Some needy families in Columbia County will get some extra holiday cheer thanks to some organizations donating decorated trees with energy saving lights.

Almost 150 trees are shining bright for Treefest. The event sponsored by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble is held each year at the Caldwell Consistory in Bloomsburg. This year workers from PPL have donated LED lights for the trees. The trees will eventually be donated to needy families.

"They don't have to spend money for lights for the tree and they can put more under the tree for the families, and it's helping the consistory where we hold tree in the fact that they are going to save electricity," said Scott Atherton, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble

Local growers donate the trees that are then sponsored by area businesses and residents. Volunteers decorate the trees and food donations are put underneath for those in need. Needy families get to keep the tree and presents including all the decorations and the lights.

PPL officials said the LED lights on the trees this year cost about 90 percent less to operate than standard incandescent holiday lights and, last about 15 times longer.

"They are a little bit more expensive than incandescent lights. So these trees will get donated the lights will get out into the community and we are hoping this will be an opportunity for folks to see the benefits of these lights," said Teri MacBride, PPL

PPL said the energy-saving lights can save families an average of $5 a week during the holidays.

"It's a great way for PPL to get this word out because there is going to be about 3,000 people through the two weekends. They will learn about the LEDs," added Atherton.

Treefest runs from November 26th through December 5th.

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